SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Feb. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evoke Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:EVOK), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today provided an update on its clinical program for EVK-001, its novel metoclopramide nasal spray for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in women.
In December, the Company announced it completed a thorough electrocardiogram (ECG) study (Thorough QT study) which successfully met its primary endpoint. The study demonstrated EVK-001 did not increase the cardiac QT and corrected QT (QTc) interval at therapeutic and supratherapeutic doses. The completion of the Thorough QT study represented an important milestone for the Company, as it now has only one remaining study required for its EVK-001 NDA submission.
Evoke is currently enrolling its Phase 3 clinical trial investigating the use of EVK-001 in a multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-group study evaluating the efficacy, safety and population pharmacokinetics of EVK-001 in adult female subjects with diabetic gastroparesis. The trial is expected to enroll 200 subjects at sites across the United States. While the study is progressing according to plan at many of the clinical trial sites with previous gastroparesis study experience, overall enrollment has been slower than previously anticipated. To date, the trial has randomized 74 subjects. Although the trial sites have been screening significant numbers of subjects, patients with diabetic gastroparesis typically have symptoms that vary in timing and severity, unpredictable gastric emptying delays, and complex medical histories. This combination of factors creates a challenge for enrollment into diabetic gastroparesis trials. As a result, enrollment is projected to complete in the second half of the year. In response, Evoke has undertaken additional initiatives to increase enrollment to further assist clinical trial sites in the identification of eligible study subjects.
"As we work toward finalizing enrollment of our Phase 3 trial, we are identifying the appropriately qualified diabetic gastroparesis subjects in order to provide the most comprehensive data when filing our NDA," said Dave Gonyer, President and CEO of Evoke. "There is a significant market opportunity for a novel treatment for patients suffering from this disease, and we believe EVK-001 can provide these patients a level of therapy that the current standard of care cannot. We remain focused on the successful execution of this study and look forward to moving EVK-001 toward commercialization."
Evoke's cash position as of December 31, 2014 was $14.2 million which the Company believes will be sufficient to fund its operations through 2015.
About Evoke Pharma, Inc.
Evoke is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat GI disorders and diseases. The Company is developing EVK-001, a metoclopramide nasal spray for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent gastroparesis in women with diabetes mellitus. Diabetic gastroparesis is a GI disorder afflicting millions of sufferers worldwide, in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents resulting in serious digestive system symptoms. Metoclopramide is the only product currently approved in the United States to treat gastroparesis, and is currently available only in oral and intravenous forms. EVK-001 is a novel formulation of this drug, designed to provide systemic delivery of metoclopramide through intranasal administration.
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