Eli Lilly and Co. employees knew the Alzheimer's treatment solanezumab was not a sure bet. But that didn't make the pain any less acute after the company announced the drug had failed to demonstrate effectiveness during a 2,100-patient Phase 3 clinical trial.
The experimental drug eased arthritis pain in hard-to-treat patients without major safety concerns, a key step in creating a new class of medications that may one day offer an alternative to narcotics.
Eli Lilly and Co. received clearance Thursday from U.S. regulators for a new migraine drug that will be the third in a promising class of therapies for patients who suffer from the recurrent, painful headaches.
New therapies that could cure diseases caused by defective genes will get quicker approval from U.S. regulators, part of an effort by the Food and Drug Administration to keep pace with one of biotechnology’s fastest-growing fields.