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New meds phase 3

my little penguin

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Lilly has just presented phase 2 results with mirikizumab in moderate to severe Crohn’s – a form of inflammatory bowel disease – which reveal significant reductions in clinical and endoscopic measures of disease activity at 12 weeks compared to placebo.

That included an endoscopic response rate of 43.8% for patients on a 1,000mg dose of the IL-23 antibody, compared to 10.9% of the placebo group. Other doses of mirikizumab – 200mg and 600mg – achieved endoscopic response rates of 25.8% and 37.5% respectively.

Similar benefits on endoscopic remission rates and patient-reported remissions, plus a fairly clean safety profile, have prompted Lilly to accelerate plans for a phase 3 trial in Crohn’s later this year. The data was presented at this week’s Digestive Disease Week (DDW) medical conference in San Diego.

Crohn’s could be an important indication for Lilly, as mirikizumab is very much playing catch-up in the IL-23 inhibitor category when it comes to psoriasis.

First to market was Johnson & Johnson’s dual IL-12/IL-23 inhibitor Stelara (ustekinumab) for psoriasis, which rapidly achieved blockbuster status with add-on indications in psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s and made $4bn in sales last year.

Stelara has since been joined by J&J’s follow-up IL-23 inhibitor Tremfya (guselkumab), Sun Pharma’s Ilumya(tildrakizumab) and AbbVie/Boehringer Ingelheim’s Skyrizi (risankizumab), which are all already FDA-approved for psoriasis and require fewer injections than Stelara with safety and efficacy that is at least as good. Tremfya also has data suggesting it works in Stelara-resistant psoriasis.

Lilly’s antibody is still in phase 3 for psoriasis, well behind the leaders, but IBD presents a greater opportunity for the drug. With Stelara already available for Crohn’s, Lilly is hoping to be among the leaders to market in this indication, although as Tremfya and Skyrizi are already in phase 3 it will have to move quickly.

Mirikizumab is however already in three phase 3 ulcerative colitis trials that will start generating results next year, and has a chance of being first to market in this indication – although once again it is in a race with Skyrizi, which also has phase 3 trials ongoing in this setting.

"Following last year's presentation of positive phase 2 results for mirikizumab for the treatment of moderate- to severe ulcerative colitis, we are excited to return to DDW to present more positive data for mirikizumab in patients with chronic, inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions,” said Lilly’s head of immunology R&D Lotus Mallbris.

“As we continue to advance the science of gastroenterology, we are hopeful that mirikizumab helps us raise the standard and make remission possible for people living with immune-mediated diseases like Crohn's disease.”

Article by
Phil Taylor
22nd May 2019
So ones to watch
Mirikizumab is now on Stage III I think for UC and Crohn's....they are not going to go on and market it for psoriasis although it got good results....it seems there are too many biologics that target psoriasis in the market now??

I felt like c...p this last week like in the old days with a lot of bathroom trips every day, mucus etc etc. Thats why I searched online and found about that study.

For Crohns the stage III study is called Vivint-1, I reached to them and they told me that initially it seems that I qualify for the trial so they sent my contact info to a local office that will contact me later about it.

I though the Remicade was not working and that Crohns was back but it may have been a food poisoning thing, since my daughter told me she felt also like that after we went to a restaurant this last weekend and she never has this type of problems....thanks God she did not inherit my crappy Crohns genes.

My 3rd Remicade infusion should have been today but the pharmacy screwed it up and I will get it instead next week.

I am not very worried if I finally get into the trial since its a Stage III study and it seems it is a safe antibody since they were almost ready to market Mirikizumab for psoriasis. And since I also get sometimes a very small psoriasis patch in one of my elbows, maybe I could kill two birds with one stone?.......The only bad part is that I may get a placebo....lol.

I was wondering if there was any other forum member in the study thats why I searched the forum for Mirikizumab but I only got a couple of results.

And since Remicade is a tumor necrosis factor biologic and this one is a IL-23 drug I assume that rpobably it would be ok to get both at the same time?

I hope with time there will be tests to find out which patient is a good candidate for TNF biologics or who is a better candidate for biologics that target integrins or IL-23 etc etc instead of blindly trying them in patients.