REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capnia, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAPN), a diversified healthcare company that develops innovative diagnostics, devices and therapeutics addressing unmet medical needs, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation to the Company’s nasal, non-inhaled carbon dioxide (nasal CO2) technology for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (TN).
“Receiving orphan designation from the FDA is a key step in the advancement of our nasal CO2 technology, and speaks to the need for new treatment options for the debilitating pain caused by TN, where limited alternatives currently exist,” said Anish Bhatnagar, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Capnia. “We continue to execute on our strategy of bringing novel therapies based on our nasal CO2 technology to patients as quickly as possible.”
Capnia's therapeutic technology uses nasal, non-inhaled carbon dioxide, delivered at a low-flow rate into the nasal cavity to target local trigeminal nerve endings. Multiple clinical trials for the treatment of allergies as well as pain conditions (such as migraine) have been completed using this technology. The use of nasal CO2 for the treatment of TN is supported by data demonstrating that CO2 may inhibit sensory nerve activation, subsequent release of neuropeptides and alleviate trigeminally-mediated pain. Collectively, these data suggest that nasal CO2 may provide relief of symptoms associated with TN.
In the U.S., under the Orphan Drug Act, the FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development grants orphan drug status to a drug intended to treat a rare disease or condition, which is generally a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals in the country. The designation provides Capnia's nasal CO2 therapeutic with certain benefits, including seven years of U.S. market exclusivity in the specified indication if Capnia complies with certain FDA requirements. Additional incentives for Capnia include tax credits related to qualified clinical trial expenses and a exemption from FDA application fees.
About Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a clinical condition characterized by debilitating pain in regions of the face innervated by one or more divisions of the trigeminal nerve. The pain is typically described as intense, sharp and stabbing, and is often described as one of the most painful conditions known to humans. It may develop without apparent cause or be a result of another diagnosed disorder, including multiple sclerosis and herpes zoster.
Capnia, Inc. is a diversified healthcare company that develops innovative diagnostics, devices and therapeutics addressing unmet medical needs. Capnia's proprietary therapeutic technology uses nasal, non-inhaled CO2 and is being evaluated to treat the symptoms of allergies, as well as the trigeminally-mediated pain conditions such as cluster headache, trigeminal neuralgia and migraine. Capnia's lead commercial product, CoSense, is based on the Sensalyze™ Technology Platform. It is a portable, non-invasive device that rapidly and accurately measures carbon monoxide (CO) in exhaled breath. CoSense has 510(k) clearance for sale in the U.S. and has received CE Mark certification for sale in the European Union. CoSense is used for the monitoring of CO from internal sources (such as hemolysis, a dangerous condition in which red blood cells degrade rapidly), as well as external sources (such as CO poisoning and smoke inhalation). The initial target market is newborns with jaundice that are at risk for hemolysis, comprising approximately three million births in the U.S. and European Union. The Company's commercial, neonatology-focused product line also includes innovative pulmonary resuscitation solutions, including the NeoPIP™ Infant T-Piece Resuscitator and Universal T-Piece Circuit consumables.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to many risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things, our ongoing and planned product development, renewed focus on our therapeutic business and our ability to advance our nasal CO2 technology for TN.
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