AbbVie Presents New Late-Breaking Data Analyses Showing Risankizumab (SKYRIZI®) Achieves Clinical Remission and Endoscopic Response at Week 12 in Patients with Moderate to Severe Crohn's Disease
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., May 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Late-breaking data analyses presented by AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) Virtual Conference 2021 showed significantly greater proportions of patients with moderately to severely active Crohn's disease treated with both doses of investigational risankizumab (600 mg or 1200 mg) met the co-primary endpoints of clinical remission and endoscopic response at week 12 compared to placebo (p<0.001 for each) in two Phase 3 induction studies.1 This is the first presentation of data from these two studies, ADVANCE and MOTIVATE, following the announcement of top-line data earlier this year.
The ADVANCE study included patients with past intolerance or inadequate response to conventional therapy (non-bio-IR) and/or biologic therapy (bio-IR). The MOTIVATE trial evaluated only bio-IR patients. In the ADVANCE study, risankizumab showed efficacy regardless of prior treatment status by subgroup analysis in patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease, and non-bio-IR patients had numerically higher rates of efficacy compared to bio-IR patients.1*
"Many people with Crohn's disease, an unpredictable condition that can cause significant physical, emotional and economic burden, do not achieve disease control with current treatments," said Remo Panaccione, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the IBD unit, University of Calgary. "We are pleased to present data at DDW that demonstrates risankizumab helps significantly more patients to achieve clinical remission and endoscopic response at week 12 compared to placebo."
These and additional data were presented at DDW 2021 as part of the "Clinical Science Late-Breaking Abstract Plenary" session (Abstract #775a) on Sunday, May 23, 2:32 pm - 2:46 p.m. CT.
* All differences between the overall risankizumab dose groups and placebo are statistically significant, with p-values <0.001. Statistical testing was not performed for the subgroups, non-bio-IR and bio-IR, in the ADVANCE study.
During the 12-week induction period, the safety profile of risankizumab in both studies was generally consistent with the known safety profile of risankizumab from previous clinical trials.1 No new safety risks were observed.
In ADVANCE, serious adverse events (SAEs) occurred in 7.2 percent of patients in the risankizumab 600 mg group and 3.8 percent of patients in the risankizumab 1200 mg group compared to 15.1 percent of patients in the placebo group.1 The most common adverse events (AEs) observed in the risankizumab treatment groups were headache, nasopharyngitis and fatigue.1 Rates of serious infections were 0.8 and 0.5 percent in those treated with risankizumab 600 mg or 1200 mg, respectively, and 3.8 percent in patients who received placebo.1 The rates of AEs leading to discontinuation of the study drug were 2.4 and 1.9 percent of patients treated with risankizumab 600 mg or 1200 mg, respectively, compared with 7.5 percent on placebo.1 In ADVANCE, there were two deaths reported in the placebo group.1 There were no adjudicated major adverse cardiac events (MACE) or adjudicated anaphylactic reaction events reported.1
In MOTIVATE, SAEs occurred in 4.9 percent of patients in the risankizumab 600 mg group and 4.4 percent of patients in the risankizumab 1200 mg group compared to 12.6 percent of patients in the placebo group.1 The most common AEs observed in the risankizumab treatment groups were headache, arthralgia and nasopharyngitis. Rates of serious infections were 0.5 and 1.0 percent in those treated with risankizumab 600 mg or 1200 mg, respectively, and 2.4 percent in patients who received placebo.1 The rates of AEs leading to discontinuation of the study drug were 1.0 and 2.4 percent of patients treated with risankizumab 600 mg or 1200 mg, respectively, compared with 8.2 percent on placebo.1 There was one death in the risankizumab 1200 mg group due to squamous cell carcinoma of the lung diagnosed on study day 8, which was assessed as unrelated to the study drug by the investigator. There were no adjudicated MACE or adjudicated anaphylactic reaction events reported.1
Results from these studies are being submitted to journals for publication. Use of risankizumab in Crohn's disease is not approved and its safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by regulatory authorities. The maintenance study for Crohn's disease is ongoing and once completed will be submitted to regulatory authorities with the induction studies.
Risankizumab (SKYRIZI) is part of a collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim and AbbVie, with AbbVie leading development and commercialization globally.
About Crohn's Disease
About the ADVANCE and MOTIVATE Studies1,6,7
Both studies included slightly different sets of primary and secondary endpoints for U.S. protocol and outside U.S. (OUS) protocol. The primary endpoints were achievement of clinical remission (per CDAI for the U.S. protocol, which was measured by a CDAI score less than 150, and per PRO-2 for the OUS protocol, which was measured by daily stool frequency and abdominal pain score) and endoscopic response (for both protocols) at week 12. Endoscopic response is defined as a decrease in SES-CD of greater than 50 percent from baseline (or at least a greater than or equal to 50 percent decrease from baseline in patients with isolated ileal disease and a baseline SES-CD of 4), as scored by a central reviewer. More information can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov (ADVANCE: NCT03105128; MOTIVATE: NCT03104413).
About risankizumab (SKYRIZI®)
SKYRIZI is an interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor that selectively blocks IL-23 by binding to its p19 subunit.8,9 IL-23, a cytokine involved in inflammatory processes, is thought to be linked to a number of chronic immune-mediated diseases, including Crohn's disease. 8,9 In April 2019, SKYRIZI received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. The approved dose for SKYRIZI is 150 mg (two 75 mg injections), administered by subcutaneous injection at week 0 and 4, and every 12 weeks thereafter. SKYRIZI was also approved by the European Commission in April 2019. Phase 3 trials of SKYRIZI in psoriasis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and psoriatic arthritis are ongoing.6,7,10,11 Use of SKYRIZI in Crohn's disease is not approved and its safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by regulatory authorities.
About SKYRIZI® (risankizumab-rzaa) in the United States9
SKYRIZI is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
Important Safety Information9
SKYRIZI may increase the risk of infection. Do not initiate treatment with SKYRIZI in patients with a clinically important active infection until it resolves or is adequately treated. In patients with a chronic infection or a history of recurrent infection, consider the risks and benefits prior to prescribing SKYRIZI. Instruct patients to seek medical advice if signs or symptoms of clinically important infection occur. If a patient develops such an infection or is not responding to standard therapy, closely monitor and discontinue SKYRIZI until the infection resolves.
Pre-Treatment Evaluation for Tuberculosis (TB)
Prior to initiating treatment with SKYRIZI, evaluate for TB infection and consider treatment in patients with latent or active TB for whom an adequate course of treatment cannot be confirmed. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of active TB during and after SKYRIZI treatment. Do not administer SKYRIZI to patients with active TB.
This is not a complete summary of all safety information.
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About AbbVie in Gastroenterology
With a robust clinical trial program, AbbVie is committed to cutting-edge research to drive exciting developments in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. By innovating, learning and adapting, AbbVie aspires to eliminate the burden of IBD and make a positive long-term impact on the lives of people with IBD. For more information on AbbVie in gastroenterology, visit https://www.abbvie.com/our-science/therapeutic-focus-areas/immunology/immunology-focus-areas/gastroenterology.html.
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