Urticaria is a condition characterized by hives, rash, and itchy skin. Doctors participating in the CALM clinical studies are testing an investigational drug (EP262) to see if it may decrease hives in patients with either Chronic Inducible Urticaria (CIndU) or Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU).
Hives can develop when mast cells (a type of immune cell present in the skin) get activated. MRGPRX2 is one of the receptors on the mast cell and EP262 is a potent, highly selective small molecule drug designed to block activators of this receptor, which may lead to fewer hives.
EP262 represents a new, targeted approach to the treatment of urticaria with the potential for once-daily oral administration without the serious side effects observed with other treatments.
If you experience chronic hives you may be interested in learning more about the CALM studies.