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RedHill Biopharma Announces Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Covering RIZAPORT™ for Migraines

  • The new U.S. patent is expected to be valid until 2034, once granted
  • RedHill and its co-development partner, IntelGenx Corp., recently announced the national approval of RIZAPORT in Germany under the European Decentralized Procedure (DCP)
  • RedHill and IntelGenx continue to work together to secure commercialization partners for RIZAPORT and to obtain national phase approvals in other European DCP territories, as well as FDA marketing approval in the U.S.

TEL-AVIV, Israel, Feb. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), an Israeli biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for inflammatory and gastrointestinal diseases, including cancer, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for a new patent covering RIZAPORT (RHB-103) for acute migraines.

The patent application, entitled “Instantly Wettable Oral Film Dosage Form Without Surfactant or Polyalcohol” covers rapidly disintegrating oral film dosage forms and is expected to be valid until 2034, once granted.

Guy Goldberg, RedHill’s Chief Business Officer, said: “The grant of this new U.S. patent will provide an important intellectual property protection for RIZAPORT. RIZAPORT is the first rizatriptan oral disintegrating film for the treatment of acute migraines and is designed to be a more convenient delivery mechanism for migraine patients such as those who suffer from difficulty swallowing.”

RedHill and its co-development partner, IntelGenx Corp. (TSXV:IGX) (OTCQX:IGXT) (“IntelGenx”), recently announced the national approval of RIZAPORT in Germany under the European Decentralized Procedure (DCP), in which Germany served as the Reference Member State. This authorization was the first national marketing approval of RIZAPORT. RedHill and IntelGenx continue to work together to secure commercialization partners for RIZAPORT to obtain national phase approvals in other European DCP territories as well as FDA marketing approval in the U.S.

RIZAPORT, an oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for the treatment of acute migraines, offers a potentially attractive therapeutic alternative for many migraine patients. The RIZAPORToral thin film is designed to have a pleasant taste and to dissolve in the mouth without the need for water. It is a potential therapeutic alternative for patients suffering from dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and patients who suffer from migraine-related nausea, estimated to be approximately 80% of the total migraine patient population1. Rizatriptan is considered one of the most effective oral triptans, a class of molecules that constricts blood vessels in the brain to relieve swelling and other migraine symptoms.

RedHill and IntelGenx submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA in 2013 seeking marketing approval of RIZAPORT in the U.S. In 2014, the companies received a complete response letter (CRL) from the FDA which raised questions primarily related to CMC. It is noted that no deficiency was raised relating to the safety or bio-equivalence data of RIZAPORT. RedHill and IntelGenx reported that they believe that FDA approval of the RIZAPORT NDA is subject to the satisfactory resolution of the remaining CMC questions. RedHill and IntelGenx continue their cooperative effort to work with the FDA in order to address and resolve all remaining CMC questions and to secure a compliant source of the raw material.

About RIZAPORT (RHB-103):

RIZAPORT is a proprietary oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan benzoate, a 5-HT1 receptor agonist and the active drug in Merck & Co.’s Maxalt®. RIZAPORT 5mg and 10mg were approved for marketing in Germany in October 2015, under the European Decentralized Procedure. A New Drug Application for RIZAPORT was also filed with the U.S. FDA in 2013 and a CRL was received in 2014. Rizatriptan is considered one of the most effective oral triptans, a class of molecules that constricts blood vessels in the brain to relieve swelling and other migraine symptoms. The worldwide annual sales of triptans were estimated to have exceeded $690 million in 20152. RIZAPORT is based on IntelGenx's proprietary “VersaFilm” technology. It dissolves rapidly and releases its active ingredient in the mouth, leading to efficient absorption of the drug through the gastrointestinal tract. The administration method of the RIZAPORT oral thin film, which does not require the patient to swallow a pill or consume water, along with its pleasant flavor, presents a potentially attractive therapeutic alternative for many migraine patients, including those who suffer from migraine-related nausea, estimated to be approximately 80% of the total migraine patient population.

About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.:

RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) is an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for the treatment of inflammatory and gastrointestinal diseases, including cancer. RedHill’s current pipeline of proprietary products includes: (i) RHB-105 - an oral combination therapy for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection with successful top-line results from a first Phase III study; (ii) RHB-104 - an oral combination therapy with an ongoing first Phase III study for Crohn's disease and an ongoing proof-of-concept Phase IIa study for multiple sclerosis; (iii) BEKINDA (RHB-102) - a once-daily oral pill formulation of ondansetron with an ongoing Phase III study in the U.S. for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and a planned Phase II study for IBS-D; (iv) RHB-106 - an encapsulated bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.; (v) YELIVA (ABC294640) - an orally-administered first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications with a Phase I/II study initiated for refractory/relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL); (vi) MESUPRON® - a Phase II-stage first-in-class uPA inhibitor, administered by oral capsule, targeting gastrointestinal and other solid tumors; (vii) RP101 - currently subject to an option-to-acquire by RedHill, RP101 is a Phase II-stage first-in-class Hsp27 inhibitor, administered by oral tablet, targeting pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers; (viii) RIZAPORT (RHB-103) - an oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for acute migraines, with a U.S. NDA currently under discussion with the FDA and marketing authorization received in Germany in October 2015; and (ix) RHB-101 - a once-daily oral pill formulation of the cardio drug carvedilol.

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1 Lipton RB, Buse DC, Saiers J, Fanning KM, Serrano D, Reed ML. (2013) Frequency and burden of headache-related nausea: results from the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) study, Headache.2013 Jan;53(1):93-103.

2 EvaluatePharma WW annual sales report.

Company contact: Adi Frish Senior VP Business Development & Licensing RedHill Biopharma +972-54-6543-112 adi@redhillbio.com IR contact (U.S.): Marcy Nanus Senior Vice President The Trout Group +1-646-378-2927 Mnanus@troutgroup.com

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