Biologic May Tame Severe Asthma

March 5, 2014 4:31 PM

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Biologic May Tame Severe Asthma

SAN DIEGO -- Lebrikizumab, a novel monoclonal antibody against the inflammatory cytokine IL-13, might have reduced exacerbations in severe asthma in a randomized trial, although manufacturing problems undermined any conclusions.

Overall, the monthly injections cut asthma exacerbations a relative 36% compared with placebo (0.68 versus 0.43 per year), Nicola Hanania, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, showed in combined analysis of the LUTE and VERSE trials.

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