AbbVie’s Upadacitinib Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Atopic Dermatitis
- Breakthrough Therapy Designation is granted to investigational treatments for serious diseases with preliminary clinical evidence that the treatment may demonstrate substantial improvement over existing therapies
- Upadacitinib, an investigational oral agent engineered by AbbVie to selectively inhibit JAK1, is being studied as a once-daily therapy in atopic dermatitis and across multiple immune-mediated diseases
- Phase 3 clinical program for upadacitinib in atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, is planned to begin in the first half of 2018
Atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, is characterized by skin erosion, oozing and crusting, redness, intense itching (pruritus) and dry skin. Symptoms can appear as a rash on the skin, or the skin may become thickened and leathery.
The FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation program is intended to expedite the development and review of medicines with preliminary clinical evidence that indicate that the investigational treatment may demonstrate substantial improvement over existing therapies on one or more clinically significant endpoints.
“Our history, scientific expertise and leadership in immunology drive our focus to develop new treatment approaches that address urgent and unmet needs,” said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. “Current treatment options for people living with atopic dermatitis are limited, and addressing these patient needs is important to us. We look forward to advancing upadacitinib into Phase 3 studies for atopic dermatitis soon.”
In the U.S. alone, atopic dermatitis affects an estimated 28 million people of all ages, and can have a significant impact on the physical and psychosocial health of patients.
AbbVie will present additional data from the Phase 2b trial at upcoming scientific congresses. Additional information on the clinical trials for upadacitinib is available at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Discovered and developed by AbbVie, upadacitinib is an investigational oral agent engineered to selectively inhibit JAK1, which plays an important role in the pathophysiology of immune-mediated disorders. Phase 3 trials of upadacitinib in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s disease are ongoing and it is also being investigated to treat ulcerative colitis, ankylosing spondylitis and atopic dermatitis.
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