Positive Visual Acuity Benefit in Classic Containing CNV Using OHR-102 Combination Therapy
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NEW YORK, March 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:OHRP), an ophthalmology research and development company, today announced the topline results from the exploratory Phase II IMPACT study evaluating OHR-102 (0.2% squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution) combination therapy for the treatment of the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (wet-AMD). In the intent-to-treat (ITT-LOCF) population with classic containing choroidal neovascularization (CNV) (OHR-102 n=38, Lucentis® monotherapy n=32), 42% of the patients receiving OHR-102 achieved a ≥3 line gain at nine months, as compared to 28% in the Lucentis monotherapy group. Less of a benefit was seen in the overall population (classic containing and occult only CNV lesions). The classic containing CNV population represents approximately two thirds of the total wet-AMD population. The positive effect on visual acuity in classic CNV was seen early in the course of treatment and continued to increase through the end of the study, supporting the planned Phase III development program.
In patients with classic CNV (ITT-LOCF), mean gains in visual acuity were +10.5 letters for the OHR-102 combination arm and +5.4 letters with Lucentis monotherapy, a clinically meaningful benefit of +5.1 letters. The mean number of injections between the treatment arms, the primary endpoint of the study, was not meaningfully different. Detailed data will be presented at the upcoming Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) scientific meeting, which will take place May 3rd – 7th.
"We believe the final data from the IMPACT study demonstrates a positive and clinically meaningful treatment effect of OHR-102 combination therapy in classic containing CNV. This benefit is consistent with the mechanism of OHR-102 and historical combination therapy studies," stated Dr. Jason Slakter, Chief Medical Officer of Ohr and retina specialist at Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of NY. "Now that the full data from the Phase II study is available, we are thoroughly evaluating all of the underlying factors that may have contributed to variability in patient response. These analyses will help guide and optimize the design of the Phase III trials of OHR-102 in wet-AMD."
The IMPACT study is a nine-month Phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of OHR-102 for the treatment of wet-AMD. The two treatment arms were OHR-102 drops administered twice daily plus Lucentis PRN ("OHR-102" arm or group) versus placebo eye drops administered twice daily plus Lucentis PRN ("Lucentis monotherapy" arm or group). All patients in the study received an initial Lucentis injection. 142 patients were randomized into the study, with 90% of the patients completing the full nine month treatment protocol. The baseline characteristics between the two treatment groups were well balanced. OHR-102 was generally well tolerated, with only two treatment related discontinuations in the study.
"At Ohr, we have always been driven by the desire to improve patient quality of life through better vision and will continue to move our programs forward based on scientific evidence and rationale," said Dr. Irach Taraporewala, CEO of Ohr. "I would like to thank the clinical investigators, coordinators, and patients for their participation in the study, whose efforts allow us to advance this novel topical therapy for wet-AMD and other retinal diseases."
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About Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. is an ophthalmology research and development company whose lead product, Squalamine, is being studied as an eye drop formulation (OHR-102) in several company-sponsored and investigator sponsored Phase II clinical trials for various back-of-the-eye diseases. These diseases include the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema, and proliferative diabetic retinopathy. In addition, Ohr has a sustained release micro fabricated micro-particle ocular drug delivery platform with several preclinical drug product candidates in development for glaucoma, steroid-induced glaucoma, ocular allergies, and protein drug delivery. Additional information on the company may be found at www.ohrpharmaceutical.com.
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