RedHill Biopharma and IntelGenx Report Positive RHB-103 Bioavailability Study Results
TEL-AVIV, Israel, May 21, 2014 RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDHL; TASE: RDHL) (“RedHill”), an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development and acquisition of late clinical-stage proprietary drugs, today reported, together with IntelGenx Corp. (TSXV: IGX; OTCQX: IGXT) (“IntelGenx”), a Canadian drug delivery company focused on oral drug delivery, positive results from a comparative bioavailability study with RHB-103, an oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for acute migraines. The study compared RHB-103 to the European reference drug Maxalt® lingua, marketed in Germany by MSD SHARP & DOHME GMBH, to support the planned submission of a European Marketing Authorization Application (“MAA”) for RHB-103 during the third quarter of 2014.
The results of the study are subject to final quality assurance and an independent study report by the Canadian clinical research organization (“CRO”) that conducted the study. The final independent report from the CRO is expected in the coming weeks.
The single-dose, crossover, comparative bioavailability study conducted in Canada followed a positive scientific advice meeting with the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) previously announced by RedHill in November 2013. The study, which included 26 healthy volunteers, established the bioequivalence of RHB-103 and the European reference drug, Maxalt® lingua.
In light of the positive results from the bioavailability study and data from prior clinical studies conducted with RHB-103, and subject to various regulatory requirements, RedHill and IntelGenx plan to submit a European MAA during the third quarter of 2014.
RedHill and IntelGenx previously conducted a successful bioavailability study which demonstrated the required U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) criteria for therapeutic bioequivalence between the RHB-103 soluble oral thin film and the U.S. reference drug, Maxalt-MLT®. Following the successful bioequivalence study, RedHill and IntelGenx announced in 2013 the submission to the FDA and acceptance for review of a New Drug Application (“NDA”) seeking marketing approval of RHB-103. Following a Complete Response Letter received from the FDA in February 2014, which raised questions primarily related to Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (“CMC”), RedHill and IntelGenx recently reported that they believe that FDA approval of the RHB-103 NDA is subject to the satisfactory resolution of the remaining CMC questions, as well as securing a compliant source of the raw material. Accordingly, the companies continue to work with the FDA in order to address and resolve all remaining CMC questions and to secure a compliant source of the raw material.
RHB-103 is a proprietary oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan benzoate, a 5-HT1 receptor agonist and the active drug in Merck & Co.’s Maxalt®. Rizatriptan is considered one of the most effective oral triptans, a class of molecules that constrict blood vessels in the brain to relieve swelling and other migraine symptoms. The worldwide annual sales of triptans were estimated to have exceeded $1 billion in 2013.
RHB-103 is based on IntelGenx' proprietary “VersaFilm™” technology. It dissolves rapidly in the mouth, leading to the absorption of the drug through the gastro intestinal track and into the bloodstream. The administration method of the RHB-103 oral thin film does not require the patient to swallow a pill or consume water, and presents a potentially attractive therapeutic alternative for many migraine patients, including those who suffer from migraine-related nausea estimated to be approximately 80% of the total migraine patient population.
About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.:
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDHL) (TASE: RDHL) is an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development and acquisition of late clinical-stage, proprietary formulations and combinations of existing drugs for the treatment of inflammatory and gastrointestinal diseases, including cancer and related conditions. RedHill’s current pipeline of proprietary products includes: (i) RHB-104 - an oral combination therapy for the treatment of Crohn's disease, with an ongoing Phase III study; (ii) RHB-105 - an oral combination therapy for Helicobacter pylori infection, with an ongoing Phase III study; (iii) RHB-106 - an encapsulated formulation for bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.;
(iv) RHB-103 - an oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for acute migraines with a U.S. NDA under FDA review and a European marketing application planned to be filed during Q3/2014; (v) RHB-102 - a once-daily oral pill formulation of ondansetron for the prevention of nausea and vomiting, in advanced development stages for multiple indications and, (vi) RHB-101 - a once-daily oral pill formulation of the cardio drug carvedilol. For more information please visit: www.redhillbio.com
IntelGenx is a drug delivery company focused on the development of oral controlled-release products as well as novel rapidly disintegrating delivery systems. IntelGenx uses its unique multiple layer delivery system to provide zero-order release of active drugs in the gastrointestinal tract. IntelGenx has also developed novel delivery technologies for the rapid delivery of pharmaceutically active substances in the oral cavity based on its experience with rapidly disintegrating films. IntelGenx’ development pipeline includes products for the treatment of indications such as severe depression, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, migraine, insomnia, CNS indications, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, oncology and pain, as well as animal health products. More information is available about the company at www.intelgenx.com.
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