WAYNE, Pa., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Egalet Corporation (EGLT) (Egalet), a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative treatments for pain and other conditions, today announced positive top-line results from a phase 3 study evaluating the safety of Egalet-002, an abuse-deterrent, extended-release oxycodone developed using a unique application of the Guardian™ Technology.
Egalet-002 was generally well-tolerated and the incidence of adverse events reported was generally consistent with outcomes expected following treatment with an extended-release oxycodone formulation.
"We believe the positive phase 3 safety study result validates this unique application of our Guardian Technology which was used to develop our abuse-deterrent, extended-release oxycodone, Egalet-002," said Bob Radie, president and chief executive officer of Egalet. "Given the ongoing issues of chronic pain and prescription abuse, we continue to believe there is a need for products like Egalet-002."
The objective of the open-label phase 3 study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of Egalet-002 for up to 56 weeks in opioid-experienced patients with moderate-to-severe chronic noncancer pain. The goal of the study was to administer Egalet-002 to approximately 150 patients for six months and at least 50 patients for one year. The study enrolled 281 patients at 39 clinicals site in the United States who had a history of moderate-to-severe chronic non-cancer pain for six months or more.
In addition, a phase 3 trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of Egalet-002 in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic pain is expected to be completed by year end.
Egalet's Guardian Technology has many applications and has been used to develop abuse-deterrent forms of commonly abused prescription medications. Egalet's proprietary Guardian Technology is a polymer matrix tablet technology that utilizes a novel application of the well characterized manufacturing process of injection molding, which results in tablets that are hard and difficult to manipulate for misuse and abuse. This approach offers the ability to design tablets with controlled-release profiles as well as physical and chemical properties that have been demonstrated to resist both common and rigorous methods of manipulation. Tablets manufactured with Guardian Technology have been shown to have increased resistance to physical methods of manipulation, such as cutting, crushing, grinding or breaking, using a variety of mechanical and electrical tools. They are also resistant to chemical manipulation and attempts at extraction and turn into a viscous hydrogel on contact with liquid, making syringeability very difficult.
Egalet, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company, is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative treatments for pain and other conditions. Egalet has three approved products: ARYMO® ER (morphine sulfate) extended-release tablets for oral use —CII, developed using Egalet's proprietary Guardian™ Technology, OXAYDO® (oxycodone HCI, USP) tablets for oral use only —CII and SPRIX® (ketorolac tromethamine) Nasal Spray. Using Guardian Technology, Egalet is developing a pipeline of clinical-stage, product candidates for which we are seeking partners including Egalet-002, an abuse-deterrent, extended-release, oral oxycodone formulation for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Guardian Technology can be applied broadly across different classes of pharmaceutical products and can be used to develop combination products that include multiple active pharmaceutical ingredients with similar or different release profiles. For full prescribing information on ARYMO ER, including the boxed warning and medication guide, please visit arymoer.com. For full prescribing information on SPRIX, including the boxed warning and medication guide, please visit sprix.com. For full prescribing information on OXAYDO, including the boxed warning and medication guide, please visit oxaydo.com.
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