Roche's CEO Warns Russia-Ukraine War Causing Problems For Multiple Sclerosis Trials

  • The development of Roche Holdings AG's RHHBY multiple sclerosis candidate fenebrutinib is negatively impacted by Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
  • Reuters reported that between 20% and 30% of clinical trial participants for the phase 3 drug are in the two countries.
  • "Both Ukraine and Russia historically have been very important contributors to clinical trials for patients with neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis," Roche (RHHBY) CEO Bill Anderson said.
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  • As a result, Roche (RHHBY) is recruiting for sites in countries it already has ongoing trials and is opening sites in new countries.
  • For a phase 3b trial testing a higher dose of Ocrevus and studies for experimental oral BTK inhibitor fenebrutinib for MS, Roche had to open additional sites in other countries, Anderson said.
  • While the war has massively disrupted trials in Ukraine, no more new trial participants will be recruited in Russia as part of Roche's response to Moscow's invasion.
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  • Price Action: RHHBY shares closed up 0.50% at $48.12 on Monday.

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