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$ANTH Anthera Pharmaceuticals announces positive drug data from PEARL-SC study of blisibimod (0.71 ) : Co announced the final set of clinical data from the Phase 2b PEARL-SC study in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Final data from the PEARL-SC clinical study with 200mg weekly blisibimod suggest sustained and greater treatment effects versus placebo utilizing 6, 7, and 8-point improvements in the SELENA-SLEDAI disease-scoring index.
In the predefined population of patients with severe disease who were also taking corticosteroids, the SRI-8 treatment benefit in the 200mg weekly blisibimod cohort was seen as early as week eight and achieved statistical significance starting at week 16 (35.4% blisibimod response versus 17.0% placebo response, p=0.04) through the 24 week endpoint (41.7% blisibimod response versus 10.4% placebo response, p<0.001).
Additional data regarding time to first severe flare, total flares, proteinuria, and patients achieving a reduction of steroid dose below 7.5mg per day were also positive. Amongst subjects treated with 200mg of blisibimod weekly, the mean time to first severe flare was 1.6-fold longer than subjects treated with placebo (348 days versus to 223 days). The reduction in proteinuria at week 24 was significantly greater amongst subjects treated with blisibimod compared to placebo (35.0% versus 5.1%, p=0.045).
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