U.S. FDA Extends Review Period for Baricitinib, an Investigational Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment




Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the review period for the new drug application (NDA) for investigational baricitinib, a once-daily oral medication for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The NDA for baricitinib was submitted to the FDA in January 2016.

 

The FDA extended the action date to allow time to review additional data analyses recently submitted by Lilly in response to the FDA’s Information Requests. The submission of the additional information has been determined by the FDA to constitute a Major Amendment to the NDA, resulting in an extension of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date by three months.

“At Lilly, we are committed to improving the lives of people with life-long chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, a serious and disabling type of arthritis,” said J. Anthony Ware, M.D., senior vice president, product development and interim president of Lilly Bio-Medicines. “We will continue to work closely with the FDA throughout the review process and we believe that baricitinib has the potential to be an effective treatment choice, especially for those patients for whom current therapies are not adequately addressing their disease.”

This delay does not affect Lilly’s previously-issued financial guidance for 2017.

About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation and progressive destruction of joints.[i,ii]  More than 23 million people worldwide suffer from RA.[iii]Approximately three times as many women as men have the disease. Current treatment of RA includes the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, oral conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs), such as methotrexate – the current standard of care – and injectable, biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) that target selected mediators implicated in the pathogenesis of RA.[iv] Despite current treatment options, many patients do not reach their therapeutic goals or sustained remission.[v,vi] There remains an important need to provide additional treatments to improve overall patient care.

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