2023 May;43(5):3331024231170807.doi: 10.1177/03331024231170807.
Messoud AshinaMichel Lanteri-MinetAnders EttrupCecilie Laurberg ChristoffersenMette Krog JosiassenRavinder PhulBjørn SperlingPatricia Pozo-Rosich


Background: Migraine is a disabling neurological disease adversely affecting many aspects of life. Most patients are still required to have failed several older oral preventive therapies before being reimbursed for a preventive, migraine-specific anti-calcitonin gene-related peptide treatment. In the 24-week placebo-controlled portion of DELIVER, eptinezumab was shown to reduce migraine frequency and resulted in higher migraine responder rates compared with placebo in patients with two to four previous preventive treatment failures. This subgroup analysis assessed if demographic or clinical characteristics were associated with differences in preventive benefits.

Methods: Migraine frequency reductions and responder rates (i.e., the proportion of patients reaching a ≥50% and ≥75% reduction in monthly migraine days relative to baseline) were determined in the total population and predefined subgroups by sex, age, migraine frequency (chronic migraine, episodic migraine, high-frequency episodic migraine, low-frequency episodic migraine), medication overuse, medication-overuse headache, and previous preventive treatment failures (2, >2). The primary endpoint was change from baseline in monthly migraine days over weeks 1-12.

Results: Eptinezumab 100 and 300 mg reduced monthly migraine days more than placebo over weeks 1-12 (-4.8 and -5.3 vs -2.1, respectively; p < 0.0001). In most subgroups, eptinezumab-treated patients demonstrated larger monthly migraine days reductions from baseline over weeks 1-12 than patients receiving placebo, with reductions maintained or increased over weeks 13-24. For ≥50% and ≥75% migraine responder rates, the odds ratios versus placebo all numerically favored eptinezumab.

Conclusion: Eptinezumab had larger monthly migraine days reductions and higher responder rates than placebo across clinically relevant subgroups showing that, across different demographic populations and clinical characteristics, eptinezumab is effective in patients with migraine and prior preventive treatment failures.Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov (Identifier: NCT04418765).

Keywords: Chronic migraine; efficacy; episodic migraine; eptinezumab

Efficacy and safety of eptinezumab for migraine prevention in patients with prior preventive treatment failures: subgroup analysis of the randomized, placebo-controlled DELIVER study