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Avenue Therapeutics Announces Dosing of First Patient in Second Pivotal Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Intravenous Tramadol for the Management of Postoperative Pain

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NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (ATXI) (“Avenue”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of intravenous (IV) tramadol, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of IV tramadol for the management of moderate to moderately severe pain in patients following abdominoplasty surgery.

“The commencement of the Phase 3 abdominoplasty study is a key step in the advancement of the clinical development for IV tramadol. This study not only compares the efficacy and safety of IV tramadol to placebo, but also compares the safety and tolerability of IV tramadol to an active comparator (IV morphine),” said Lucy Lu, M.D., Avenue’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is an important aspect of the study, because IV tramadol, if approved, will be used in the hospital setting where IV opioids are already being used and it may be a better alternative for many patients.”

The Phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, three-arm trial will evaluate the efficacy and safety of IV tramadol 50 mg versus placebo. Approximately 360 patients will be enrolled to IV tramadol 50 mg, placebo or morphine in a 3:3:2 ratio. The primary efficacy endpoint is the summed pain intensity difference over 24 hours (SPID24) compared to placebo. Additional information on the study can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov using the identifier NCT03774836.

About Avenue Therapeutics
Avenue, a Fortress Biotech company, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of intravenous (IV) tramadol for the management of moderate to moderately severe postoperative pain. IV tramadol may fill a gap in the acute pain market between IV acetaminophen/NSAIDs and IV conventional narcotics. Avenue is currently evaluating IV tramadol in a pivotal Phase 3 program for the management of postoperative pain. Avenue is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.avenuetx.com.  

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) (FBIO) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensing arrangements, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit www.fortressbiotech.com.

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Contacts:
Jaclyn Jaffe and William Begien
Investor Relations
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652‐4500
ir@avenuetx.com