New Medicines

QuliptaEpisodic migraine - prophylaxis


New molecular entity

Development and Regulatory status

Oct 21Qulipta is available in the US in three strengths – 10mg, 30mg and 60mg [15,16].
Sep 21US FDA approve atogepant as a preventative treatment for episodic migraine headaches.[14]
Apr 21Filed with US FDA for approval.[12]
Jul 20Analysts predict US and ex-US launches in 2022, with 65% chance of success [11].
Mar 18Allergan expects to launch in the US in 2021 [8].
Mar 17Company expects launch to be in 2022 [2].
Sep 16PII/III dose-ranging study initiated (NCT02848326) [1].


Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist, orally-active small molecule taken once daily
Numbers may be misleading, as many who experience migraine do not consult their GP, but migraine affects about 6% of men and 18% of women. In children it is more common in boys than in girls. The first attack is often in childhood and over 80% have had their first attack by the age of 30 [3].
Episodic migraine - prophylaxis

Trial or other data

Aug 21Results of PIII ADVANCE RCT reported in NEJM [13].
Mar 21PIII Progress trial to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of atogepant in participants with chronic migraine starts (3101-303-002; NCT03855137). 750 patients will be recruited in the US and Canada; collection of primary outcome data is due to complete Jan 21 [7].
Aug 20PII/III NCT02848326) (n=1772 with 4–14 migraine days per month [MDPM]) found small reduction in MDPM with atogepant 10mg OD(-4.0), 30mg OD (-3.8), 60mg OD (-3.6), 30mg BD (-4.2) and 60mg BD (-4.1) compared to placebo (-2.9;p<0.05 all comparisons). Nausea & fatigue were most commonly reported ADRs [10].
Jul 20In PIII ADVANCE trial (n=910), patients treated with atogepant 10 mg/30 mg/60 mg experienced decrease of 3.69/3.86/4.2 days, respectively, in mean monthly migraine days, vs. a decrease of 2.48 days in patients on placebo (p<0.0001 all dose groups vs. placebo) [9].
May 19PIII extension trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of atogepant 60mg once a day for the prevention of migraine in participants with episodic migraine starts (3101-309-002; NCT03939312). The open-label trial is enrolling approximately 750 patients in the US and is due to complete collection of primary outcome data in Nov 20 [7].
Jan 19A PIII, double-blind, RCT to evaluate the safety and tolerability of Atogepant 10mg, 30 mg and 60 mg (once daily) for the prevention of migraine in Participants with episodic migraine is currently recruiting (NCT03777059). This four arm study (three active comparators and one arm matched placebo) has a primary efficacy end point of change from baseline in mean monthly migraine days across the 12-week treatment period. The trial aims to enrol 872 patients. Estimated primary completion date February 2020. [6]
Nov 18A PIII, multi-centre, randomised, open-label study to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of oral atogepant for the prevention of migraine in participants with episodic migraine has started recruitment (NCT03700320). Estimated primary completion date June 2020. [6]
Jul 18Positive topline results from PIIb/III trial (CGP-MD-01; NCT02848326) showed a statistically significant reduction in mean monthly migraine days from baseline across the 12-week treatment period (primary efficacy endpoint). Atogepant met primary endpoints in across all doses and dose regimens. Efficacy analyses were based on the modified ITT (mITT) population of 795 pts. The trial evaluated the safety, tolerability and efficacy of oral atogepant for the prevention of episodic migraine in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial which enrolled 834 pts to receive 10mg QID or 30 or 60mg QD or BID doses in the US. Atogepant was well tolerated. The most common adverse events were nausea, fatigue, constipation, nasopharyngitis, and urinary tract infection.[4,5]
Sep 16PII/III dose-ranging trial initiated (NCT02848326) - this double-blind, double-dummy trial will study doses of 10 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, and 120 mg daily vs. placebo. Primary outcome will be mean number of migraine or probable migraine headache days from baseline up to last 28 days of the treatment period, estimated recruitment is 810, and estimated primary completion is November 2017 [1].