RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Technologies, Inc. (LQDA) (“Liquidia”), a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company, today provided an update on the Phase 3 INSPIRE trial and development of LIQ861 for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
As previously announced, the initial analysis of the INSPIRE study indicated the study has met its primary endpoint of safety and tolerability of LIQ861 at the two-month timepoint. Results from the INSPIRE study indicates that the 75 mcg capsule strength of LIQ861 (single capsule, 1-2 breaths) correlates with the 54 mcg dose of Tyvaso® (9 breaths), the maximum recommended label dose of Tyvaso®. INSPIRE also included a one-directional, crossover sub-study to assess the comparable bioavailability and pharmacokinetics (PK) of single doses of LIQ861 and Tyvaso in 18 PAH patients.
The company targets NDA submission in late 2019 that will include additional data generated from ongoing development activities. Analysis of the data from the PK sub-study in patients showed variability in systemic plasma levels of both LIQ861 and Tyvaso, which is believed to be attributed to variation in severity of disease and has been seen in prior studies of treprostinil in patients. To more accurately characterize the PK of LIQ861, Liquidia conducted an additional PK study in healthy volunteers. Post-hoc analysis showed that plasma levels of treprostinil were tightly correlated to the LIQ861 dose delivered. The company is continuing work to supplement the PK data set of LIQ861 and to further assess and minimize the variability in dosing levels, which Liquidia believes may be due to the administration technique by some healthy volunteers in the additional study. The company targets a pre-NDA meeting early in the fourth quarter followed by NDA submission in late 2019.
Lewis J. Rubin, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAHA, FRCP, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus and former Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a senior advisor to the LIQ861 program, stated: “I am very encouraged by the LIQ861 clinical results and believe it could be an important treatment option for PAH patients. Clinical observations, including the Tyvaso Transition group having continued on LIQ861 at a high rate, suggest that LIQ861 is being dosed at therapeutic levels.”
As recently reported, 95% of patients transitioning to LIQ861 from stable Tyvaso treatment (Transition patients) and 91% of patients on no more than two non-prostacyclin oral PAH therapies (Add-on patients) have remained on LIQ861 at two months of treatment. Furthermore, positive trends were observed at Month 2 in the exploratory endpoints for both Transition and Add-on patients with median measures of physical activity (6MWD) and quality of life (MLHFQ) remaining stable or improving for patients’ having both Functional Class II or III PAH.
Neal Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of Liquidia, stated: “While we have initiated some additional work to supplement the PK data set, we remain encouraged by our clinical observations and the feedback from investigators and the PAH community. We remain highly enthusiastic about LIQ861 as demonstrated in our INSPIRE trial and are fully committed to bringing LIQ861 to the PAH community to better the lives of individuals living with PAH.”
Liquidia has developed LIQ861, a dry powder formulation of treprostinil utilizing PRINT® Technology, which is specifically designed to enhance deep-lung delivery and enables QID delivery of treprostinil doses in 1 to 2 breaths per capsule via a convenient, palm-sized dry powder inhaler (DPI). PRINT® Technology results in a treprostinil drug product with particles of a precise, uniform size, shape and composition that are engineered for optimal deposition in the lung following oral inhalation using a DPI. LIQ861 may enhance lung delivery and pharmacodynamic effects of treprostinil in patients diagnosed with PAH.
About INSPIRE Clinical Trial
Liquidia’s pivotal open-label Phase 3 clinical trial, known as INSPIRE, or Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil, is designed to evaluate patients who have either been under stable treatment with nebulizer-delivered treprostinil for at least three months and are transitioned to LIQ861 under the protocol (Transition) or patients who have been on stable treatment with no more than two non-prostacyclin oral PAH therapies for at least three months and have their treatment regimen supplemented with LIQ861 under the protocol (Add-on). The primary objective of the INSPIRE study is to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of LIQ861. INSPIRE also includes exploratory endpoints to assess clinical benefits such as 6 Minute Walk Distance (6MWD) and quality of life factors from the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ). For more information, please visit https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03399604.
About Liquidia Technologies
Liquidia is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics using its proprietary PRINT® technology to transform the lives of patients. Currently, Liquidia is focused on the development of two product candidates using its PRINT® particle engineering platform: LIQ861 for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension and LIQ865 for the treatment of local post-operative pain. Being evaluated in a Phase 3 clinical trial (INSPIRE), LIQ861 is designed to improve the therapeutic profile of treprostinil by enhancing deep-lung delivery and achieving higher dose levels than current inhaled therapies by using a convenient, palm-sized, disposable dry powder inhaler. LIQ865, for which Liquidia has completed two Phase 1 clinical trials, is designed to deliver sustained-release particles of bupivacaine, a non-opioid anesthetic, to treat local post-operative pain for three to five days through a single administration. For more information visit Liquidia’s website at www.liquidia.com.
Tyvaso® is a registered trademark of United Therapeutics Corporation.
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