Amgen's Rilotumumab Fails...Again

The monoclonal antibody,a c-Met inhibitor, was being tested in advanced gastric cancer patients following it's revival 2 years back.

Amgen Inc. (AMGN) ended clinical trials of a drug for advanced gastric cancer after an independent committee monitoring the studies found an increase in the number of deaths for people using the medicine along with chemotherapy.

All Amgen-sponsored studies of the drug, rilotumumab, have been terminated, the company said today in a statement. The criteria used to indicate futility would probably have been met at the interim analysis scheduled for March, Thousand Oaks, California-based Amgen said.

The decision is an end to a bumpy ride with rilotumumab, which Amgen revived two years ago for a new trial after it disappointed in an earlier study. The company has been seeking to develop products to treat gastric cancer to meet a “tremendous amount of unmet medical need in the Asian markets” in particular, Arvind Sood, vice president of investor relations, said last year at an investor conference.

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