Zai Lab bombs Phase IIa trial in atopic dermatitis, junks the program to shift resources to the pipeline
Nasdaq darling and Shanghai hotshot Zai Lab is ditching one of its late-stage drug programs after bombing a Phase IIa trial. The company said Friday that its topical product ZL-3101 (also called Fugan) did not clear up eczema.
The drug was tested in a double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled trial with 295 Chinese patients with atopic dermatitis. Fugan was safe and well-tolerated, but also a bit useless. The treatment showed no difference compared to placebo in the primary endpoint: a change in the eczema area and severity index score at day 21.
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