Category: Actemra

  • Olumiant benefits additive to other drugs in severe COVID patients

    Eli Lilly and Incyte’s JAK inhibitor Olumiant reduced the risk of death by 13% in hospitalised COVID-19 patients when added to other drugs, according to new results from the UK RECOVERY trial. The benefit came when Olumiant (baricitinib) added to the steroid dexamethasone and Roche’s IL-6 inhibitor Actemra/RoActemra (tocilizumab), two other anti-inflammatory drugs that have […]

  • EU approves Roche’s Actemra for severe COVID-19

    The European Commission has moved swiftly to grant full approval to Roche’s Actemra/RoActemra as a treatment for severe COVID-19, clearing the drug within 24 hours of a recommendation from its advisory committee. Actemra (tocilizumab) has been approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in adults who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen or mechanical […]

  • Actemra shortage spills over to include Sanofi’s rival Kevzara

    Roche’s Actemra has been in high demand since its value in treating severe COVID-19 was established, leading to shortages. Now, Sanofi’s rival therapy Kevzara has also been hit by supply constraints. Sanofi said in a statement that supply of all four formats of Kevzara (sarilumab) – 150 mg or 200 mg pre-filled syringes or auto-injectors […]

  • Amid Actemra shortage, WHO asks Roche to ensure equitable access

    Roche’s arthritis drug Actemra has become a key treatment for people with severe COVID-19, leading to shortages, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) wants the company to ensure that supplies don’t just go to wealthy countries. Earlier this week Roche’s Genentech unit said it was facing unprecedented demand for Actemra (tocilizumab) – known as RoActemra […]

  • IL-6 drugs do work in COVID-19, says UK, as it plans NHS use

    New data means that IL-6 drugs from Roche and Sanofi that had been all-but written off as coronavirus therapies will now be offered routinely to COVID-19  patients in intensive care in the UK. The renaissance of the two therapies comes on the back of the REMAP-CAP trial, which found that the IL-6 inhibitors RoActemra (tocilizumab) […]

  • Setback in COVID-19 effort as Roche’s Actemra fails in key trial

    Roche’s anti-inflammatory drug Actemra has failed in a phase 3 clinical trial that was testing to see if it improved the condition of patients with COVID-19 associated pneumonia. The COVACTA trial of Actemra (tocilizumab) did not meet its primary endpoint of improved clinical status, or the secondary endpoint of reduced patient mortality. The rationale behind […]