October 08, 2019
Gilead Sciences Submits New Drug Application for Filgotinib for the Treatment of Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis in Japan
The NDA for filgotinib is supported by data from the Phase 3 FINCH clinical trial program in which once-daily treatment with filgotinib demonstrated the potential to improve clinical signs and symptoms, to achieve low disease activity and remission, and to inhibit structural damage for patients living with RA. Safety data across the FINCH clinical trial program was consistent with previously reported results.
“Despite multiple medications currently available to treat rheumatoid arthritis, there are still far too many people who do not experience adequate relief from their symptoms,” said
“This new drug application is an important milestone as we continue to expand Gilead’s presence in
There are estimated to be up to one million people living with RA in
Filgotinib is an investigational agent and is not approved anywhere globally. Its efficacy and safety have not been established by any regulatory authorities.
About the FINCH Program
The FINCH Phase 3 program investigated the efficacy and safety of 100 mg and 200 mg filgotinib once daily, in RA patient populations ranging from early stage to biologic-experienced patients. FINCH 1 is a 52-week, randomized, placebo- and adalimumab-controlled trial in combination with methotrexate (MTX) that enrolled 1,759 adult patients with moderately to severely active RA who have had an inadequate response to MTX. The primary endpoint was ACR20 at week 12. The trial included radiographic assessment at weeks 24 and 52. FINCH 2 was a 24-week, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 449 patients who were receiving conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (cDMARD) and had a prior inadequate response to one or more biological therapies. The primary endpoint was ACR20 at week 12. FINCH 3 is a 52-week, randomized trial in 1,252 MTX-naïve patients to study filgotinib in combination with MTX, as well as monotherapy. The primary endpoint was ACR20 at week 24. Radiographic progression was also assessed.
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Gilead Forward-Looking Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the risk that the MHLW and other regulatory agencies may not approve filgotinib for the treatment of RA, and any marketing approvals, if granted, may have significant limitations on its use. As a result, filgotinib may never be successfully commercialized. Further, there is the possibility of unfavorable results from ongoing and additional clinical trials involving filgotinib. These risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These and other risks are described in detail in Gilead’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
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