Roche ‘disappointed’ with trial results for colitis drug

ZURICH (Reuters) – Roche Holding’s experimental drug etrolizumab did not fare well in late-stage clinical trials in treating people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the Swiss drugmaker said bit.ly/33KLTqS on Monday.

“Mixed results were seen in studies evaluating etrolizumab as an induction therapy, and both studies evaluating etrolizumab as a maintenance therapy failed to meet their primary endpoints, showing no significant difference in the proportion of people achieving remission with subcutaneous etrolizumab versus placebo,” it said.

FILE PHOTO: The peak of Mount Pilatus is seen in the background as workers clean the windows of a building of Roche in Rotkreuz May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

“We are disappointed with these results, because we know that people with ulcerative colitis need new treatment options,” said Levi Garraway, Roche’s chief medical officer and head of global product development. A phase III study of etrolizumab in Crohn’s disease continued.

 
 
 

Reporting by Michael Shields; editing by Thomas Seythal

 
 
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