Efficacy and safety of eptinezumab in patients with chronic migraine: PROMISE-2

Richard B. Lipton, Peter J. Goadsby, Jeff Smith, Barbara A. Schaeffler, David M. Biondi, Joe Hirman, Susan Pederson, Brent Allan, Roger Cady

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Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of eptinezumab, a humanized anti-calcitonin gene-related peptide monoclonal antibody, in the preventive treatment of chronic migraine (CM).MethodsThe Prevention of Migraine via Intravenous ALD403 Safety and Efficacy-2 (PROMISE-2) study was a phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study. Adults with CM were randomly assigned to receive IV eptinezumab 100 mg, eptinezumab 300 mg, or placebo administered on day 0 and week 12. The primary endpoint was change from baseline in mean monthly migraine days (MMDs) over weeks 1 to 12.

Results Among treated participants (n = 1,072), baseline mean number of MMDs was ≈16.1 across groups. Treatment with eptinezumab 100 and 300 mg was associated with significant reductions in MMDs across weeks 1 to 12 compared with placebo (placebo-5.6, 100 mg-7.7, p < 0.0001 vs placebo; 300 mg-8.2, p < 0.0001 vs placebo). Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were reported by 43.5% (100 mg), 52.0% (300 mg), and 46.7% (placebo) of patients. Nasopharyngitis was the only TEAE reported for >2% of eptinezumab-Treated patients at an incidence of >2% over placebo; it occurred in the 300 mg eptinezumab arm (eptinezumab 9.4%, placebo 6.0%).

Conclusion In patients with CM, eptinezumab 100 and 300 mg was associated with a significant reduction in MMDs from the day after IV administration through week 12, was well tolerated, and demonstrated an acceptable safety profile.

Classification of evidence This study provides Class I evidence that for patients with CM, a single dose of eptinezumab reduces MMDs over 12 weeks of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1365-e1377
Issue number13
Early online date24 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020

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