Whereas DUR-928 was well tolerated with no adverse events occurring, it failed to demonstrate any benefit over the placebo in either the primary or secondary analyses. Thus, DURECT will curtail its development of DUR-928 for psoriasis.
Twenty-two patients completed the U.S.-based Phase 2a psoriasis study. They applied DUR-928 topically to the plaque on one of their arms and applied a placebo to a similar plaque on their other arm daily for 28 days. Patients were followed for four weeks after the final application.
Going forward, DURECT will focus on advancing DUR-928 in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and alcoholic hepatitis in 2020. The biopharma will finish its NASH trial in H1/20 and commence the Phase 2b alcoholic hepatitis study in mid-2020.
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