Phase 2 trial to assess lebrikizumab in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Toby M. Maher, Ulrich Costabel, Marilyn K. Glassberg, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Takashi Ogura, Mary Beth Scholand, David Kardatzke, Monet Howard, Julie Olsson, Margaret Neighbors, Paula Belloni, Jeffrey J. Swigris

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This phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of lebrikizumab, an interleukin (IL)-13 monoclonal antibody, alone or with background pirfenidone therapy, in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Patients with IPF aged ≥40 years with forced vital capacity (FVC) of 40%-100% predicted and diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide of 25%-90% predicted and who were treatment-naïve (cohort A) or receiving pirfenidone (2403 mg day-1; cohort B) were randomised 1:1 to receive lebrikizumab 250 mg or placebo subcutaneously every 4 weeks. The primary endpoint was annualised rate of FVC % predicted decline over 52 weeks. In cohort A, 154 patients were randomised to receive lebrikizumab (n=78) or placebo (n=76). In cohort B, 351 patients receiving pirfenidone were randomised to receive lebrikizumab (n=174) or placebo (n=177). Baseline demographics were balanced across treatment arms in both cohorts. The primary endpoint (annualised rate of FVC % predicted decline) was not met in cohort A (lebrikizumab versus placebo, -5.2% versus -6.2%; p=0.456) or cohort B (lebrikizumab versus placebo, -5.5% versus -6.0%; p=0.557). In cohort B, a non-statistically significant imbalance in mortality favouring combination therapy was observed (hazard ratio 0.42 (95% CI 0.17-1.04)). Pharmacodynamic biomarkers indicated lebrikizumab activity. The safety profile was consistent with that in previous studies of lebrikizumab and pirfenidone as monotherapies. Lebrikizumab alone or with pirfenidone was not associated with reduced FVC % predicted decline over 52 weeks despite evidence of pharmacodynamic activity. Lebrikizumab was well tolerated with a favourable safety profile. These findings suggest that blocking IL-13 may not be sufficient to achieve a lung function benefit in patients with IPF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1902442
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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