FDA Approves Lilly and Incyte's OLUMIANT® (baricitinib) for the Treatment of Certain Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19

OLUMIANT is the first and only JAK inhibitor FDA-approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in certain hospitalized adults requiring various degrees of oxygen support

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA I May 11, 2022 I Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Incyte (NASDAQ: INCY) announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved OLUMIANT® (baricitinib) for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized adults requiring supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with a recommended dose of 4-mg once daily for 14 days or until hospital discharge, whichever comes first.

"More than two years into the pandemic, COVID-19 is still hospitalizing many people and burdening our healthcare system. I'm grateful to have OLUMIANT as a treatment option for those who require various degrees of respiratory support, from supplemental oxygen to mechanical ventilation or ECMO," said Andre Kalil, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and principal investigator of the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial 2 (ACTT-2) sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "I'm encouraged by the FDA's full approval of OLUMIANT for the treatment of these patients based on results from the rigorous, placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trials. While there are therapies currently available, there is still an urgent need for more options to help improve outcomes for patients hospitalized due to COVID-19."

The FDA's approval is supported by results from two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 studies (ACTT-2 and COV-BARRIER, including the COV-BARRIER OS 7 addendum study), announced previously. No new safety signals potentially related to the use of OLUMIANT were identified in the studies.

"Nearly one million people with COVID-19 have been treated with OLUMIANT (baricitinib) in approximately 15 countries worldwide," said Patrik Jonsson, Lilly senior vice president, president of Lilly Immunology and Lilly USA, and chief customer officer. "Today's full approval reflects both our confidence in OLUMIANT's role in treating these hospitalized patients and Lilly's tireless efforts to support the medical community and patients in the ongoing fight against COVID-19."

Baricitinib has been available in the U.S. under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) since November 2020. An EUA will remain in place for hospitalized pediatric patients 2 to less than 18 years old who require various degrees of oxygen support. The emergency authorization is not an approval and is temporary for the duration where circumstances justify the authorization. For additional information about the authorized use, please see the FDA Letter of Authorization, Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers and Fact Sheet for Patients, Parents and Caregivers.

Lilly has submitted applications for regulatory approval or authorization to multiple regulatory agencies around the world and anticipates further regulatory decisions to follow.

The U.S. FDA-approved labeling for OLUMIANT carries a boxed warning for risk of serious infections, mortality, malignancy, major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and thrombosis. Patients treated with OLUMIANT are at an increased risk of serious bacterial, fungal, viral and opportunistic infections leading to hospitalization or death, including tuberculosis. Higher rates of all-cause mortality and MACE have been observed with another JAK inhibitor versus tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. Malignancies and thrombosis have occurred in patients treated with OLUMIANT and higher rates of each have been observed with another JAK inhibitor versus TNF blockers. Consider the risks and benefits of treatment prior to initiating or continuing therapy with OLUMIANT. Please see additional Important Safety Information below.

OLUMIANT is a once-daily, oral JAK inhibitor discovered by Incyte and licensed to Lilly. To learn more about OLUMIANT, please visit www.OLUMIANT.com. OLUMIANT is available in the U.S. as 1-mg and 2-mg tablets through Lilly's authorized specialty distributors.

About ACTT-2 (COVID I) Study  
ACTT-2 was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of certain hospitalized adults with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection that compared treatment with OLUMIANT and remdesivir (combination group; n=515) to treatment with placebo and remdesivir (placebo group; n=518). Patients treated with the combination received OLUMIANT 4-mg once daily (orally) for 14 days or until hospital discharge, whichever was first, and remdesivir 200-mg on Day 1 and 100-mg once-daily (via intravenous infusion) on subsequent days for a total treatment duration of 10 days or until hospital discharge, whichever was first.

The primary endpoint, for the intent to treat population, was time to recovery within 29 days after randomization. Recovery was defined as being discharged from the hospital without limitations on activities, being discharged from the hospital with limitations on activities and/or requiring home oxygen, or hospitalized but not requiring supplemental oxygen and no longer requiring medical care. The key secondary endpoint was clinical status on Day 15, as assessed on an 8-point ordinal scale.

About COV-BARRIER (COVID II) Study  
COV-BARRIER was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of certain hospitalized adults with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection that compared treatment with OLUMIANT 4-mg once daily (n=764) with placebo (n=761). OLUMIANT was administered for 14 days or until hospital discharge, whichever came first. Patients could remain on background standard of care, as defined per local guidelines.

Patients requiring invasive mechanical ventilation or ECMO at baseline were enrolled in an exploratory addendum study of COV-BARRIER. These patients were not included in the main COV-BARRIER study population and were analyzed separately.

The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients who died or progressed to non-invasive ventilation/high-flow oxygen or invasive mechanical ventilation within the first 28 days of the study. Patients who required non-invasive ventilation/high-flow oxygen at baseline needed to worsen by at least 1 point on an 8-point ordinal scale to progress. A key secondary endpoint was all-cause mortality by Day 28.

About COV-BARRIER OS 7 Addendum Study  
The COV-BARRIER OS 7 addendum study was an exploratory, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled substudy of COV-BARRIER in certain hospitalized adults with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection requiring invasive mechanical ventilation or ECMO at baseline. This substudy compared treatment with OLUMIANT 4-mg once daily + standard of care (SOC) (n=51) with placebo + SOC (n=50). All patients received SOC in keeping with local clinical practice for COVID-19 management. OLUMIANT was administered for 14 days or until hospital discharge, whichever occurred first. All endpoints in this substudy are considered exploratory, including the prespecified endpoint of all-cause mortality by Day 28.

Indication and Usage for OLUMIANT (baricitinib) tablets (in the United States)  

OLUMIANT is indicated for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in hospitalized adults requiring supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

About OLUMIANT®
OLUMIANT, a once-daily, oral JAK inhibitor, was discovered by Incyte and licensed to Lilly. It is approved in the U.S. and more than 75 countries as a treatment for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Marketing authorization for the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and approval has been granted for OLUMIANT in multiple countries. To date, nearly one million patients worldwide with COVID-19 have been treated with OLUMIANT (baricitinib). The U.S. FDA-approved labeling for OLUMIANT includes a Boxed Warning for Serious Infections, Mortality, Malignancy, Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events, and Thrombosis. See the full Prescribing Information here.

In December 2009, Lilly and Incyte announced an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of OLUMIANT and certain follow-on compounds for patients with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

About Lilly 
Lilly unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world. We've been pioneering life-changing discoveries for nearly 150 years, and today our medicines help more than 47 million people across the globe. Harnessing the power of biotechnology, chemistry and genetic medicine, our scientists are urgently advancing new discoveries to solve some of the world's most significant health challenges, redefining diabetes care, treating obesity and curtailing its most devastating long-term effects, advancing the fight against Alzheimer's disease, providing solutions to some of the most debilitating immune system disorders, and transforming the most difficult-to-treat cancers into manageable diseases. With each step toward a healthier world, we're motivated by one thing: making life better for millions more people. That includes delivering innovative clinical trials that reflect the diversity of our world and working to ensure our medicines are accessible and affordable. To learn more, visit Lilly.com and Lilly.com/newsroom or follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn. P-LLY

About Incyte  
Incyte is a Wilmington, Delaware-based, global biopharmaceutical company focused on finding solutions for serious unmet medical needs through the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics. For additional information on Incyte, please visit Incyte.com and follow @Incyte.

SOURCE: Eli Lilly

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