SOLANA BEACH, Calif., June 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evoke Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:EVOK), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today announced that previously disclosed results from its Phase 2b clinical trial evaluating EVK-001, its patented intranasal delivery formulation of metoclopramide for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in women, have been published in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, a leading peer‑reviewed journal published by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).
Henry P. Parkman, M.D., Director of the GI Motility Laboratory at the Temple University School of Medicine, commented, "These Phase 2 data demonstrate EVK-001's potential as an effective treatment that is well-tolerated by women suffering from diabetic gastroparesis. Approximately 80% of all diagnosed diabetic gastroparesis patients are women. This is not surprising given that women have shown to have slower gastric emptying when compared to men, a difference in genders that has been well established in the medical community.
"Overall, data from controlled clinical trials continue to show that Evoke's novel intranasal spray is an optimal route of administration for these patients who have few treatment options. Unlike oral formulations that can have erratic absorption from the GI tract, EVK-001's absorption is not impaired by delayed gastric emptying and symptoms, such as vomiting. This is especially important during gastroparesis symptom flares."
The US multicenter, double-blind, randomized Phase 2b study enrolled and dosed 285 patients (71% female) with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and a previous diagnosis of gastroparesis. The pre‑specified efficacy endpoints evaluated the response to treatment in male subjects and female subjects separately. In female subjects, gastroparesis symptom scores showed a statistically and clinically significant improvement when given EVK-001 compared with placebo. In male subjects, EVK-001 was not shown to improve symptom scores when compared to placebo. There were no drug-related serious adverse effects reported during the study and the most common adverse events were altered taste, headache, and fatigue.
Marilyn Carlson, D.M.D., M.D., RAC, Evoke's Chief Medical Officer, said, "Collectively, our two Phase 2 diabetic gastroparesis studies confirm the effectiveness, absorption, and tolerability of Evoke's patented formulation of metoclopramide when delivered as a nasal spray. Importantly, results from our Phase 2b study further establish that EVK-001 provides clinically meaningful benefits for female patients, rather than male, and that patient gender is predictive of EVK-001's benefits. These data subsequently served as the basis for our agreement with the FDA to focus our currently ongoing Phase 3 trial on women with symptomatic diabetic gastroparesis."
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. Visit www.EvokePharma.com for more information.
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