SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Aug. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evoke Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOK), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today announced the receipt of a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicating the agency's concurrence with the Company's proposed pediatric study plan for EVK-001.
Pursuant to the terms of the letter, the FDA has accepted Evoke's EVK-001 pediatric study plan, which included a request for a full waiver of the requirement to conduct pediatric studies on the basis that diabetic gastroparesis is an adult disease. The Company expects that the pediatric study plan will be included in the Company's anticipated New Drug Application (NDA) filing with the FDA.
"We are pleased that the FDA had a favorable response to our proposed pediatric study plan in which we have proposed a full waiver for pediatric testing of EVK-001 in all pediatric age groups," stated Marilyn Carlson, D.M.D, M.D., RAC, Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Dr. Carlson continued, "Having received this agreement prior to data from our ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial will allow us to focus on study completion and NDA submission in a timely manner."
"The agreed upon pediatric study plan is another positive step forward for the Company from a clinical and regulatory perspective," stated Mr. Gonyer, R.Ph., President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that this agreement, along with the recent FDA guidance document that assists companies in the clinical development of drugs for the treatment of gastroparesis, specifically trial design and clinical endpoint evaluation, are consistent with the advice given by the FDA on the design of our current Phase 3 clinical development program. We continue to progress toward an NDA filing and commercialization of EVK-001 with the hope of providing a better treatment option for patients with 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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