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Clinical trials of drug for rheumatoid arthritis stopped

20th May 2010

Clinical trials involving a drug called ocrelizumab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been halted after scientists analysed data and found that other available treatments provided more favourable results.

The drug had been the focus of four phase-III trials as part of a development programme by Roche and Biogen. Arthritis Research UK has expressed its disappointment that the ocrelizumab clinical research programme has had to be stopped but said it acknowledged that the potential risk of serious, possibly fatal, infections justified this action.

 

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