GSK and Janssen wade into competitive RA market with Phase III sirukumab program
This article was originally published in Scrip
GlaxoSmithKline and Janssen Biologics kicked off the Phase III program for their interleukin-6 (IL-6) inhibitor sirukumab (CNTO 136), which would compete with relative newcomers in the competitive rheumatoid arthritis market – Genentech's Actemra (tocilizumab), the first IL-6 inhibitor approved to treat patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, and Pfizer's novel oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor tofacitinib.
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