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CIMZIA(R) (certolizumab pegol), Significantly Reduces Structural Damage and Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs & Symptoms for Up to One Year
Date:11/7/2007

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Additional new long-term RAPID 1 data showed that CIMZIA in combination with methotrexate significantly reduced signs and symptoms of active rheumatoid arthritis, compared with placebo plus methotrexate, with sustained results for up to one year. Data from RAPID 2 reinforced these findings, showing that CIMZIA in combination with methotrexate significantly reduced signs and symptoms of active RA compared with placebo plus methotrexate at week 24.

CIMZIA had low occurrence (<5 percent) of treatment discontinuation due to adverse events. The most commonly reported adverse events were headache, nasopharyngitis, cough and abdominal pain. Reported serious adverse reactions were infections (including tuberculosis) and malignancies (including lymphoma), consistent with findings from other trials in the anti-TNF class.

In another study presented at the ACR meeting - of current and recently- lapsed users of subcutaneous anti-TNF therapy - injection site pain was identified as a problem by one-third of patients. Approximately a quarter of current users (22 percent), cited injection site pain as problematic. Further, recently-lapsed users (11 percent), cited it as a reason for discontinuation. In the RAPID studies, CIMZIA has been shown to have a low incidence (less than or equal to 2 percent) of injection site pain.

"These results have shown that CIMZIA may provide a valuable treatment option for patients with RA," said Niti Goel, M.D., U.S. Medical Director, Inflammation, UCB. "UCB is committed to continuing to develop novel therapeutics to address patient needs in this chronic and debilitating condition."

Preparation for a regulatory submission for CIMZIA in the treatment of RA is ongoing, with filing planned by the end of 2007.

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