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Rozanolixizumab Continues to Show Efficacy, High Responder Rates in Myasthenia Gravis

Minimal symptom expression, demonstrated by scores of 0 to 1 on MG-ADL, was observed in more than 25% of both rozanolixizumab groups compared with 3.0% of those on placebo.

After previously demonstrating safety, new data from the phase 3 MycarinG study (NCT03971422) showed that rozanolixizumab (UCB Pharma), an investigational agent for myasthenia gravis (MG), was effective in treating patients, as explained by high response rates on MG Activities of Daily Living (MG-ADL), Quantitative Myasthenia Gravis (QMG), and Myasthenia Gravis Composite (MGC) scores.1

All told, those in the rozanolixizumab 7-mg/kg and 10-mg/kg groups had least-square mean changes of ­–3.370 (difference vs placebo, ­–2.586; 95% CI, –4.091 to –1.249) and –3.403 (difference vs placebo, –2.619; 95% CI, –3.994 to –1.163), respectively, on MG-ADL, compared with –0.784 for those on placebo. These findings were presented at the 2022 American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) annual meeting, September 21-24, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Led by Vera Bril, MD, FRCPC, professor of medicine/neurology, University of Toronto; and director, Neuromuscular Section, division of neurology, University of Toronto, the study recruited 200 adults with generalized MG who were randomly assigned 1:1:1 to weekly subcutaneous rozanolixizumab 7 mg/kg (n = 66), 10 mg/kg (n = 67), or placebo (n = 67) for 6 weeks. Those included were on an acetylcholine receptor or muscle-specific tyrosine kinase and had a Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America Class between II-IVa.

A treatment response was considered an improvement of at least 2 points on MG-ADL, and 3-point improvement on both QMG and MGC. Additionally end points included minimal symptom expression, demonstrated by scores of 0 or 1 on MG-ADL, and safety. Overall, rozanolixizumab-treated patients showed better response on all outcomes relative to placebo. Specifically, 71.9% and 69.4% in 7 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg groups, respectively, achieved response on MG-ADL, compared with 31.3% of those on placebo.

In terms of QMG scores, 54.7%, 72.6%, and 39.1% of those in the rozanolixizumab 7-mg/kg, 10-mg/kg, and placebo groups, respectively, achieved a response. Similarly, 60.9%, 74.2%, and 40.6% of the same respective groups achieved response on MGC. Notably, only 3.0% of patients on placebo had minimal symptom expression compared with 25.8% and 28.4% of those in the 7-mg/kg and 10-mg/kg active treatment groups, respectively. In terms of safety, treatment-emergent adverse events occurred in 81.3%, 82.6%, and 67.2% of those in respective groups as well.

Original findings from MyacarinG were announced in December 2021, and further presented at the 14th Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America International Conference on Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorder annual meeting, held May 10-12, 2022. During the conference, UCB announced its plans for regulatory submission of rozanolixizumab and zilucoplan, its other MG agent, for later this year. At the time, Bril said in a statement that, “The results from the MycarinG study are extremely encouraging, and demonstrate the potential of rozanolixizumab as a new, effective and flexible treatment option to help ease the day-to-day burden of this challenging disease and improve treatment outcomes for patients."2

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1. Bril V, Druzdz A, Grosskreutz J, et al. Rozanolixizumab in generalized myasthenia gravis: responder analyses from the randomized phase 3 MycarinG study. Presented at: AANEM Annual Meeting; September 21-24; Nashville, Tennessee. Abstract 204.
2. UCB presents efficacy and safety results for zilucoplan and rozanolixizumab in generalized myasthenia gravis. News release. UCB Pharma. May 10, 2022. Accessed September 22, 2022. https://www.ucb-usa.com/stories-media/UCB-U-S-News/detail/article/ucb-presents-efficacy-and-safety-results-for-zilucoplan-and-rozanolixizumad-in-generalized-myasthenia-gravis