TULIP Fever: AstraZeneca Catches Cold With Disappointing Lupus Data
Another one of AstraZeneca’s more left-field product candidates, its investigational lupus therapy anifrolumab, has disappointed at Phase III.
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Competition to GlaxoSmithKline’s Benlysta in the systemic lupus erythematosus space finally looks imminent with approval decisions on AstraZeneca's anifrolumab pending. The company has presented more data at EULAR to make its case for the first-in-class type I interferon inhibitor.
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