New data for RA drug olokizumab

Thursday 25 August 2022


A Phase 3 trial of a new monoclonal antibody for rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to be at least as effective as Humira (adalimumab) and methotrexate, the current standard of care, potentially increasing the treatment options for patients who haven’t been able to control their disease with methotrexate chemotherapy alone. The experimental drug, olokizumab, targets the interleukin-6 (IL-6) cytokine directly. This distinguishes it from Humira which targets tumour necrosis factor-alpha and three other antibody drugs that target the IL-6 receptor.