Eli Lil­ly posts promis­ing PhI­II mi­graine re­sults, but set­tles in­to the pack in the last leg of the race to the FDA

Eli Lil­ly $LLY is lin­ing up its ap­pli­ca­tion for its CGRP mi­graine drug gal­canezum­ab af­ter rack­ing up a slate of date from three Phase III stud­ies that puts it right along­side its many ri­vals. The head­line suc­cess was her­ald­ed weeks ago, with the de­tails un­veiled Sat­ur­day at the Amer­i­can Headache So­ci­ety an­nu­al sci­en­tif­ic meet­ing in Boston.

CGRP drugs look like a safe way to low­er the num­ber of mi­graine days per month among pa­tients with episod­ic and chron­ic mi­graine, the 120 mg and 240 mg dos­es of gal­canezum­ab cut the av­er­age num­ber of de­bil­i­tat­ing episodes by 4 and 3.8 days in one study for episod­ic mi­graine and 3.7 days and 3.6 days in an­oth­er — com­pared to a place­bo re­sponse that ran from 1.85 to 2.15 days.

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