Roche accelerates Actemra manufacturing in response to COVID-19

March 24, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Roche have initiation of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The study, COVACTA, will evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravenous Actemra/RoActemra (tocilizumab) on top of standard of care in hospitalized adult patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia compared to placebo.

This is the first global study of Actemra/RoActemra in this setting. In addition to the Roche trial, Roche is also carefully following independently-led clinical trials, on multiple medicines including Actemra, that are taking place around the world.

There are no robust, well-controlled studies showing safety and efficacy of Actemra in clinical treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia, and Actemra is not currently approved for this use.

With the announcement of new clinical trials, and a potential increase in demand for Actemra, Roche is working to accelerate manufacturing capacity to maximize production of Actemra wherever possible with the goal of increasing global supply.

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