Ironwood Pharmaceuticals reports positive phase IIB GERD therapy data — 4 insights

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals reported results from its phase IIB trial for IW-3718, its gastroesophageal reflux disease therapy.

Researchers combined IW-3718 with a proton pump inhibitor. The combination therapy significantly reduced heartburn severity in uncontrolled GERD patients.

Here's what you should know:

1. Researchers analyzed data from 282 patients. The patients took a twice-daily oral dose of the therapy.

2. More than half of the patients achieved a "clinically meaningful reduction" in heartburn severity.

3. The therapy was well tolerated.

4. Ironwood will meet with the FDA to discuss the trial before advancing to phase III development in the latter half of 2018.

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