EPICEPT CORPORATION RECEIVES SCIENTIFIC ADVICE FROM EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY FOR AMIKET™ CIPN PROGRAM
Jun 04, 2012
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EpiCept Corporation Receives Scientific Advice From European Medicines Agency for AmiKet™ CIPN Program
Requirements are Consistent with FDA Guidance
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (June 4, 2012) – EpiCept Corporation (Nasdaq OMX Stockholm Exchange and OTCQX: EPCT) today announced that it has received formal scientific advice from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the clinical and nonclinical development and subsequent Marketing Authorization Approval (MAA) filing of AmiKet™ (amitriptyline 4%, ketamine 2%) for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). AmiKet™ is a topical cream intended for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain. In general the CHMP’s requirements are closely aligned with the recent guidance given EpiCept by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In its written advice the CHMP recommended that the proposed clinical program consist of a single 12-week, four-arm, factorial-designed trial in CIPN that would seek to demonstrate AmiKet™’s superiority compared with placebo and with each of the component drugs of AmiKet™, amitriptyline and ketamine. An additional two-arm efficacy study in CIPN or another neuropathy is required to complete the clinical requirements of the application. The advice provided a summary of the additional nonclinical program requirements to file an MAA, which included a 90-day dermal toxicity study in a non-rodent species, a dermal phototoxicity study in a rodent and an ocular toxicity study.
EpiCept has reported statistically significant positive results in the treatment of pain from post-herpetic neuralgia in several Phase II studies, the non-inferiority of AmiKet™ compared with gabapentin in another placebo-controlled study and a positive trend in the treatment of pain in a diabetic neuropathy Phase II study.
Jack Talley, EpiCept President and CEO, commented, “We are particularly pleased that the guidance we received from the CHMP is consistent with the guidance we received from the FDA a few months ago. We are now able to design a Phase III development program that will fulfill the requirements of filing both the New Drug Application (NDA) in the U.S. and the MAA in Europe, which will possibly reduce costs and shorten the development timetable. Further, we believe receipt of the CHMP advice will facilitate SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s efforts to conclude a strategic transaction to move AmiKet™ into its final phase of development.”
In January 2012 EpiCept announced that it had engaged SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. to assist in exploring strategic alternatives to maximize the commercial opportunity of AmiKet™. The engagement is focused on the identification and implementation of a strategy designed to optimize AmiKet’s value for the Company’s shareholders.
AmiKet™ is a topical analgesic cream containing amitriptyline 4% and ketamine 2% designed to provide relief from neuropathic pain, which affects more than 15 million people in the U.S. alone. In the first half of 2011, EpiCept announced positive results from a National Cancer Institute-sponsored study evaluating the efficacy and safety of AmiKet™ in CIPN, a painful condition that frequently occurs following systemic chemotherapy and that may interrupt, delay or even prevent completion of potentially curative chemotherapy regimens. A safe and effective therapeutic option for neuropathic pain associated with CIPN would address a significant unmet medical need.
About EpiCept Corporation
EpiCept is focused on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of pain and cancer. The Company’s pain portfolio includes AmiKet™, a prescription topical analgesic cream in late-stage clinical development designed to provide effective long-term relief of pain associated with peripheral neuropathies. The Company’s lead oncology product is Ceplene®, which has been granted full marketing authorization by the European Commission for the remission maintenance and prevention of relapse in adult patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in first remission. The Company has other oncology drug candidates in clinical development that were discovered using in-house technology and have been shown to act as vascular disruption agents in a variety of solid tumors.
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