SAN DIEGO, Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTRX) today announced that, based on preliminary and unaudited financial data, the Company expects net product sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 to be approximately $42 million. For the fiscal year 2017, the Company expects total net product sales of approximately $155 million. The Company also provided a general update on its development programs, including anticipated milestones for 2018.
“2018 will be an important year for Retrophin as we continue to build upon our recent progress, including the addition of CNSA-001 for the treatment of PKU to our development efforts and the expansion of sparsentan’s clinical footprint into IgA nephropathy,” said Stephen Aselage, chief executive officer of Retrophin. “We are also pleased to have closed out 2017 with a strong financial performance, providing additional resources as we continue to advance our key clinical programs towards NDA filing and potential commercialization. We look forward to executing on our clinical and business objectives throughout 2018 and beyond.”
Program Updates and Anticipated 2018 Milestones
- The Phase 3 FORT Study of fosmetpantotenate continues to enroll patients with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) and is on-track to complete enrollment in the second half of 2018.
- In response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request, the Company has conducted additional statistical analyses to support its Phase 3 trial design and eligibility for the Subpart H accelerated approval pathway for sparsentan in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). The Company will resubmit its Phase 3 protocol for FSGS during the first quarter of 2018.
- Feasibility analyses and regulatory interaction for sparsentan in IgA nephropathy are underway with the expectation of initiating a clinical trial in 2018.
- CNSA-001 is expected to begin clinical development for phenylketonuria (PKU) in 2018 with results from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study expected to be available in early 2019.
- The Company expects a New Drug Application filing in 2018 for its new formulation of Thiola® for the treatment of cystinuria, and anticipates marketing efforts to commence upon potential approval in 2019.
In late February, the Company expects to announce final financial results from the fourth quarter and full-year 2017, as well as provide a detailed corporate update.
Retrophin is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in identifying, developing and delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare diseases. The Company’s approach centers on its pipeline featuring late-stage assets targeting rare diseases with significant unmet medical needs, including fosmetpantotenate for pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), a life-threatening neurological disorder that typically begins in early childhood, and sparsentan for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN), disorders characterized by progressive scarring of the kidney often leading to end-stage renal disease and glomerulonephritis, respectively. Research in additional rare diseases is also underway, including a joint development arrangement evaluating the potential of CNSA-001 in phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic metabolic condition that can lead to neurological and behavioral impairment. Retrophin’s R&D efforts are supported by revenues from the Company’s commercial products Chenodal®, Cholbam® and Thiola®.
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Chris Cline, CFA
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications