Salem Radio Network News Friday, December 3, 2021

Health

Novartis lung cancer drug fails phase III trial

By John Revill

ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis on Monday said its canakinumab drug had failed in its targets to improve overall survival rates for lung cancer patients and also prevent the progression-free survival of people with the condition.

The Swiss company said its Canopy-1 Phase III study did not meet its primary endpoints when treating patients with previously untreated locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

The trial data showed potentially clinically meaningful improvements in some subgroups of patients with inflammatory biomarkers. This data would support a further evaluation of canakunimab in lung cancer, the Novartis said.

(Reporting by John Revill; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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