- Radius Initiates Human Pharmacokinetic Study of Optimized Transdermal Patch of Investigational Drug Abaloparatide
WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 04, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Radius Health (Nasdaq:RDUS), today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated for review the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for abaloparatide subcutaneous (SC) for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. With this validation, the Radius application is complete and now under review by the EMA.
“The MAA for abaloparatide-SC is based on the results from the ACTIVE and ACTIVExtend trials, which demonstrated significant clinical benefit for postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporotic fracture,” said Robert Ward, President and CEO of Radius Health. “The acceptance of our application for review by the EMA represents a significant step towards potentially bringing abaloparatide-SC to postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in Europe, and Radius looks forward to working with the EMA in the review procedure.”
The MAA submission is based on the final results of the 18 month ACTIVE and the first 6 months of the ACTIVExtend trials in osteoporosis. The clinical trials demonstrated that once daily abaloparatide-SC reduced the risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures as compared to placebo.
The MAA for the investigational abaloparatide-SC was submitted in Europe on November 17, 2015 and the company plans to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of the first quarter of 2016.
This week Radius initiated the human pharmacokinetic (PK) clinical evaluation of the optimized abaloparatide transdermal patch (TD) based upon 3M’s Microstructured Transdermal System technology with the goal of achieving comparability to abaloparatide subcutaneous injection (SC). This human “replicative” study is intended to confirm in healthy postmenopausal women the pharmacokinetic profile of the transdermal patch as established in primate studies. Radius will use the results from this replicative study to inform the design of the registration program.
About the Investigational Drug Abaloparatide
Abaloparatide is an investigational agent and has not been approved by the FDA or the EMA.
Abaloparatide is a novel synthetic peptide that interacts with the human parathyroid receptor 1 that we are developing as a bone anabolic treatment for potential use in the reduction of osteoporotic fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Abaloparatide-SC is an investigational drug currently completing Phase 3 development for potential use as a daily self-administered injection for the potential treatment of patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis at risk of fracture. Radius also is developing the investigational drug abaloparatide-TD for potential use as a short wear-time transdermal patch designed to administer abaloparatide based on 3M's patented Microstructured Transdermal System technology.
The Phase 3 ACTIVE study evaluated abaloparatide, teriparatide and placebo in postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporotic fracture. The results were presented as a late-breaker at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting (ENDO) in March 2015 and in an oral presentation at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Meeting (ASBMR 2015) in October 2015. The Phase 3 ACTIVExtend results were presented as a plenary oral presentation at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in October 2015.
Radius previously reported preliminary, nonhuman primate pharmacokinetic studies of abaloparatide-TD which showed that a desirable pharmacokinetic profile was achieved with comparable AUC, Cmax, Tmax and T1/2 relative to abaloparatide-SC. These results were presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.
About Radius Health
Radius is a science-driven biopharmaceutical company developing new therapeutics for patients with advanced osteoporosis as well as other serious endocrine-mediated diseases including hormone responsive cancers. Radius' lead development candidate is the investigational drug abaloparatide for subcutaneous injection, currently in Phase 3 development for potential use in the reduction of fracture risk in postmenopausal women with severe osteoporosis. The Radius clinical portfolio also includes an investigational abaloparatide transdermal patch for potential use in osteoporosis and the investigational drug RAD1901 for potential use in hormone driven, or hormone resistant, metastatic breast cancer, and vasomotor symptoms. www.radiuspharm.com
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