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July 9, 2014
11:57 EDTCELGCelgene shares higher despite missing primary endpoint in Otezla trial
Celgene Corporation (CELG) this morning said one of its drug, Otezla, did not achieve the primary endpoint in a Phase III trial. WHAT'S NEW: The biopharmaceutical company said Otezla, an oral treatment for adults with active psoriatic arthritis, did not achieve a statistically significant improvement when compared to placebo in its Phase III POSTURE study in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a inflammatory spinal joint disorder. Despite missing the study's primary endpoint, Celgene said the drug did show "meaningful efficacy" in patients with early stages of the disease who took Otezla for a longer period. The company said evaluation of these efficacy results is ongoing. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Despite missing the primary endpoint, Celgene said that based on an assessment of the safety and efficacy data at week 24, an independent data monitoring committee recommended that the study proceed unchanged. Scott Smith, Global Head of Inflammation & Immunology at Celgene, says that the company is "encouraged" by its preliminary results, especially in patients with shorter disease duration. Smith said the company is planning to start another Phase III trial after it does more analysis. Celgene noted that Otezla is not approved to treat ankylosing spondylitis in any country. PRICE ACTION: Celgene shares were down as much as 1.5% earlier this morning, but are now up $1.12, or 1.31%, to $86.84 in late-morning trading. Year-to-date, shares are up nearly 3%.
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