After positive mid-stage trial data suggested earlier this year that it might be able to reshape the treatment of kidney failure in lupus patients, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AUPH)has announced plans for a late-stage study that could eventually allow it to win regulatory OKs in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
What’s going on
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals is working on voclosporin, a drug that could eventually be used alongside CellCept as standard of care in patients diagnosed with lupus nephritis (LN).
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Over 500,000 people in the U.S. have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and up to 60% of them develop LN, or inflammation of the kidneys that can lead to end-stage kidney disease.Typically, LN patients are prescribed steroids and CellCept in an attempt to control their disease, but steroids can produce unwanted side effects, and CellCept delivers spotty efficacy.
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- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
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- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
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- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
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