Phase 3

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We reported data from RHAPSODY, a global, randomized withdrawal (RW) design, pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of rilonacept in recurrent pericarditis in June 2020. RHAPSODY met its prespecified primary and all major secondary efficacy endpoints.

Status: Phase 3

We are conducting a pivotal, global Phase 3 clinical trial in RP, named RHAPSODY.

Rilonacept was discovered and developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Regeneron) and is approved by the FDA under the brand name ARCALYST® for the treatment of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS). Kiniksa licensed rilonacept from Regeneron in 2017 for evaluation in diseases believed to be mediated by both IL-1α and IL-1β, including recurrent pericarditis. Based on positive Phase 3 RHAPSODY data, the Biologic License Application (BLA) for CAPS will transfer to Kiniksa, and the company plans to submit a Supplemental Biologic License Application (sBLA) with the FDA in recurrent pericarditis by the end of 2020. Upon receipt of FDA approval for rilonacept in recurrent pericarditis, Kiniksa would assume the sales and distribution of rilonacept for the approved indications in the United States and will evenly split profits on sales with Regeneron.

Unmet Need

We are not aware of any current therapies approved by the FDA for the treatment of RP.

  • We believe RP presents a significant clinical and humanistic burden and imposes a significant financial burden on the healthcare system.
  • A patient’s initial acute episode of pericarditis is typically treated with over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or colchicine, both of which are used off-label. Recurrent episodes are treated in a similar manner or by adding systemic corticosteroids, which are also used off-label.
  • We believe the greatest demand in the market is for a product that not only treats the symptoms of a pericarditis recurrence but also reduces the risk of future recurrences while on treatment.
  • Within the estimated diagnosed and treated RP population of 40,000, we believe that there are initially 14,000 patients who may benefit from rilonacept— ~8,000 refractory, which includes those not suitable for steroids, ~1,000 steroid dependent, and ~5,000 multiple relapsing.
  • Refractory and steroid-dependent patients have the highest recurrence burden, with 30% to 40% of patients experiencing greater than 2 episodes per year.
    • They also have a higher incidence of severe complications, such as cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis, often use opioids to manage their pain, and deal with anxiety and depression due to the unpredictability and severity of recurrences.

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