August 12, 2019 / 2:22 PM / 10 days ago

Regeneron's Ebola treatment proves superior to rival in trial

(Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday its experimental treatment for Ebola proved superior to a rival therapy from Mapp Biopharmaceutical at preventing death, in a trial evaluating four treatments for infections caused by the deadly virus.

The company said the trial was ended early because its therapy, REGN-EB3, elicited a “highly statistically significant result” compared to Mapp’s ZMapp, which was considered a standard-of-care treatment.

An independent data safety monitoring board ended the trial after reviewing interim mortality data from 499 patients, Regeneron said.

Reporting by Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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