SOLANA BEACH, Calif., June 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evoke Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOK), today announced that the last subject completed treatment in its pivotal Phase 3 study for EVK-001, the Company’s patented nasal delivery formulation of metoclopramide for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in women. The primary endpoint in the four-week, U.S. multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is the change in gastroparesis symptoms at week 4 utilizing a proprietary Patient Report Outcome (PRO) symptom assessment instrument. The Company expects to report top-line Phase 3 study results early in the third quarter of 2016.
“This is an exciting time for Evoke now that the last subject has completed their final treatment in our pivotal Phase 3 trial of EVK-001,” said Dave Gonyer, R.Ph., President and CEO. “This is an important study, not only for the Company, but also potentially for the gastroparesis community as a whole. In addition to offering a new treatment option for a disease with a significant unmet need, the results could help influence how gastroparesis treatments should be evaluated in future trials as well.”
Mr. Gonyer continued, “Since there are no further patient visits, our clinical team can now focus on reviewing blinded data to confirm outstanding questions have been addressed prior to database lock. After this work is complete, we expect to be able to report the topline data to the public. Given the progress we have made to date, we believe we will be ready to move forward with our New Drug Application (NDA) in the near term, should we receive positive data from this trial.”
About the Phase 3 Clinical Trial (METO-IN-003)
The METO-IN-003 study is a randomized, double-blind, two-arm, placebo-controlled, Phase 3 clinical trial of nasal metoclopramide (EVK-001) in female patients with diabetic gastroparesis. The primary objective of the study is to demonstrate that EVK-001 reduces symptoms associated with diabetic gastroparesis in female subjects over a 28 day period, as determined by a patient reported outcome measurement system. A total of 205 patients, ages 18 to 75, were enrolled in METO-IN-003. Secondary efficacy endpoints include symptom improvement in individual symptoms associated with diabetic gastroparesis.
Gastroparesis is a disease defined by an inability or delay of normal stomach peristalsis and emptying. It is believed to be caused by insult or injury to the vagus nerve. This is frequently due to long-standing, poorly controlled diabetes, infectious disease and other causes. Currently, there are 2 to 3 million patients being treated for the disease in the U.S. with another 10+ million that suffer without treatment. There is only one U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug used to treat this large and growing market, metoclopramide. Unfortunately, the only currently available method of taking this medication outside of the hospital is with an oral tablet. This delivery is suboptimal due to the delayed gastric emptying that defines the disease, making absorption of any oral medication unpredictable for patients that suffer from gastroparesis. Evoke is developing the EVK-001 nasal delivery formulation of metoclopramide to bypass the issues of gastric delay and provide predictable treatment for persons suffering from this disorder.
About Evoke Pharma, Inc.
Evoke is a specialty pharmaceutical company based in San Diego, focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat gastrointestinal disorders and diseases. Visit www.EvokePharma.com for more information.
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