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AstraZeneca's early-stage Fasenra study smashes primary endpoint in hypereosinophilic syndrome

AstraZeneca has revealed new data for Fasenra (benralizumab), demonstrating that patients using the drug can “achieve near-complete depletion of eosinophils and improve clinical outcomes” in hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES)

In a Phase 2 trial of 20 participants, 90% achieved the primary endpoint of an at least 50% reduction in their absolute blood eosinophil counts after 12 weeks of treatment, compared to 30% with placebo.  

NICE recommends AstraZeneca's Fasenra as third treatment option for severe asthma

It’s good news for both asthma patients and AstraZeneca after UK drug watchdog NICE saw fit to recommend the drugmaker’s Fasenra (benralizumab) injection as a new option on the NHS in England and Wales for those living with severe forms of the disease.

The decision means that Fasenra becomes the third biological treatment available on routine use for the treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma, alongside GlaxoSmithKline’s Nucala (mepolizumab), recommended in December 2016, and Teva’s Cinqaero (reslizumab), recommended in October 2017.

AZ’s hopes for Fasenra in COPD suffer terminal blow

It looked unlikely that Fasenra would achieve success in the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) area, after it suffered in trial results released earlier this month.

AstraZeneca has now released the results from the second trial into the area and they only confirm the company’s fears, the treatment is a dud for COPD.

The short press release simply states that the trial did not meet its primary endpoint of reducing exacerbations and, perhaps coming as no surprise, would not be pursuing a regulatory submission any time soon.

AZ’s Fasenra stumbles in P3 for COPD

AstraZeneca’s Fasenra arrived later on the scene than GSK rival med, Nucala, and so it needed to quickly rack up indications to mount a serious challenge – in COPD, at least, that looks more unlikely after the treatment wasn’t able to meet its primary endpoints in a Phase 3 trial.

Fasenra is already approved to treat severe eosinophilic asthma in major markets around the world but was hoping to add to this with an expansion into treating exacerbations in those with moderate to very severe COPD.

AstraZeneca scores double approvals in Japan for asthma and ovarian cancer

AstraZeneca has unveiled a double dose of approvals awarded to its medicines in Japan: Fasenra (benralizumab) has been given authorisation as an add-on treatment for severe asthma sufferers, while Lynparza (olaparib) has been given the go-ahead as a maintenance therapy in patients with ovarian cancer who responded to chemotherapy, regardless of BRCA mutation status.

AZ's Fasenra approved in Europe as an add-on for severe eosinophilic asthma

AstraZeneca and its biologics R&D unit MedImmune have announced that their drug Fasenra (benralizumab) has received approval from the European Commission (EC) as an adjuvant therapy in the treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma which has been inadequately controlled despite high-dose inhaled corticosteroids plus long-acting beta-agonists.

AstraZeneca's Fasenra scores US approval in severe asthma

AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s biologics research and development division, have revealed the decision by the FDA to approve Fasenra (benralizumab) in the US as an add-on treatment for severe asthma in patients over 12 with an eosinophilic phenotype.

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