WARREN, N.J., Sept. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AQST), a pharmaceutical company advancing medicines to solve patients' problems with current standards of care and provide transformative products to improve their lives, today provided an update on the development timeline and pathway for its oral epinephrine product candidate, Anaphylm™.
As previously disclosed, Aquestive submitted its revised protocol for the proposed pivotal PK clinical trial to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2023. The Company intends to commence the pivotal trial in the fourth quarter 2023, following alignment with the FDA. In addition, the Company’s current development plan continues to include a standard repeat-dose study of Anaphylm and an already-approved comparator.
Earlier this year, the Company disclosed repeat-dose data of Anaphylm 12mg at 25 minutes post initial dosing from Study AQ109102 including a cross-study comparison to epinephrine manual injection 0.3mg with a repeat dose at 10 minutes post initial dosing. Further information on this comparison is available in the Company’s corporate presentation located on the Investor page of the Company’s website.
“Based on our previous interactions with the FDA and our review of publicly available disclosures, we continue to anticipate starting our pivotal trial in the fourth quarter 2023,” stated Daniel Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Aquestive. “We are focused on completing the necessary work to reach our goal of filing our NDA in 2024.”
Mr. Barber continued, “We are advancing the development of Anaphylm, the first and only non-invasive, orally delivered epinephrine product candidate to demonstrate clinical results comparable to autoinjectors (such as EpiPen® and Auvi-Q®) for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Our orally delivered product candidate comes in a highly portable package with the durability to withstand many of the norms of daily life and potentially combines the convenience with enhanced portability with positive clinical outcomes.”
Aquestive has evaluated Anaphlym in six clinical studies across 200 healthy volunteers. In the most recent pilot PK study (AQ109103 or the “103” study) completed in July 2023, Anaphylm, using the proposed final dosing administration instructions, was shown to deliver epinephrine systemically as effectively as either commercially available autoinjectors or the manual intramuscular (IM) injection. The Anaphylm 12mg data met all of the critical parameters, including maximum concentration (Cmax) and partial area under the curve (pAUCs), during the critical early time periods by falling between the levels demonstrated for comparator products (bracketing) that the Company anticipates measuring in the pivotal PK clinical trial. The Anaphylm 12mg also generated time to maximum blood concentration (median Tmax) data similar to the autoinjectors. In the 103 study, Anaphylm was safe and well-tolerated with no serious adverse events.
Anaphylm™ is a polymer matrix-based epinephrine prodrug candidate product administered as a sublingual film that is applied under the tongue for the rapid delivery of epinephrine. The product is similar in size to a postage stamp, weighs less than an ounce, and begins to dissolve on contact. No water or swallowing is required for administration. The packaging for Anaphylm is thinner and smaller than an average credit card, can be carried in a pocket, and is designed to withstand weather excursions such as exposure to rain and/or sunlight. The tradename for AQST-109 “Anaphylm” has been conditionally approved by the FDA. Final approval of the Anaphylm™ proprietary name is conditioned on FDA approval of the product candidate.
Aquestive is a pharmaceutical company advancing medicines to solve patients’ problems with current standards of care and provide transformative products to improve their lives. We are developing orally administered products to deliver complex molecules, providing novel alternatives to invasive and inconvenient standard of care therapies. Aquestive has five commercialized products marketed by its licensees in the U.S. and around the world, and is the exclusive manufacturer of these licensed products. The Company also collaborates with pharmaceutical companies to bring new molecules to market using proprietary, best-in-class technologies, like PharmFilm®, and has proven drug development and commercialization capabilities. Aquestive is advancing a late-stage proprietary product pipeline focused on treating diseases of the central nervous system and an earlier stage pipeline for the treatment of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. For more information, visit Aquestive.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
Certain statements in this press release include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of those terms, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the advancement and related timing of our product candidate Anaphylm™ (epinephrine) Sublingual Film through clinical development and approval by the FDA, including the filing of a pivotal clinical trial for Anaphylm, the potential benefits Anaphylm could bring to patients, and other statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are subject to the uncertain impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the Company’s business including with respect to its clinical trials including site initiation, enrollment and timing and adequacy of clinical trials; on regulatory submissions and regulatory reviews and approval of Anaphylm; pharmaceutical ingredient and other raw materials supply chain, manufacture, and distribution; and ongoing availability of an appropriate labor force and skilled professionals.
These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the Company’s development work, including any delays or changes to the timing, cost and success of its product development activities and clinical trials for Anaphylm and our other product candidates; risk of the Company’s failure to generate sufficient data in its PK/PD comparability submission for FDA approval of Anaphylm; risk of the Company’s failure to address the concerns identified in the FDA End-of-Phase 2 meeting for Anaphylm, including the risk that the FDA may require additional clinical studies for FDA approval of Anaphylm; risk of delays in or the failure to receive FDA approval of Anaphylm and our other product candidates, and there can be no assurance that we will be successful in obtaining FDA approval; risk of insufficient capital and cash resources, including insufficient access to available debt and equity financing and revenues from operations, to satisfy all of the Company’s short-term and longer term liquidity and cash requirements and other cash needs, at the times and in the amounts needed, including to fund future clinical development activities for Anaphylm and our other product candidates; risk of the rate and degree of market acceptance of our product candidates including Anaphylm; risk of the success of any competing products; uncertainties related to general economic, political, business, industry, regulatory, financial and market conditions and other unusual items; and other risks and uncertainties affecting the Company described in the “Risk Factors” section and in other sections included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and in its Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Given those uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. All subsequent forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements or outlook or guidance after the date of this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.
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