Analysts offer a lukewarm endorsement to Amgen for PhIII migraine data; Arsanis raises $45.5M Series D; Covance faces restructuring
→ Analysts took a look at the data on Amgen’s latest Phase III for CGRP migraine drug erenumab (AMG334) and came away reassured, but perhaps a bit unimpressed. Here’s Leerink’s Geoffrey Porges: “The data confirm the ample evidence from phase 2 trials that suggested that calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor blockade will provide the first-ever migraine targeted prevention pharmaceutical treatment. Both trials demonstrated the superiority of AMG334 to placebo on both the primary and secondary endpoints, as well as showing excellent safety and tolerability. While the data were not overwhelmingly positive (i.e., 60% of patients with 50% reduction in migraine days), they were consistent and durable, which should ensure widespread adoption by patients (provide pricing and payer processing allow it). Amgen’s erenumab appears to have shown a similar placebo adjusted effect as Alder’s (OP) Eptinezumab in phase 2 trials (1 day improvement of monthly migraines at week 12). The effect is lower than Lilly’s (OP) and Teva’s (OP) phase 2 effect sizes, which showed an improvement of 1.2 days and 2.6 days at the same time point. However, in our opinion there is no doubt that erenumab will receive regulatory approval despite data that may not match expectations from earlier trials.”
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