RedHill has elected to terminate RHB-204's U.S. Phase 3 study for Non-tuberculosis Mycobacteria (NTM) disease due to low accrual rate and plans to shift resources to more rapidly advance RHB-107 late-stage development for outpatient treatment of COVID-19
RedHill's advanced pipeline also includes: Opaganib – in collaboration with the U.S. Government's Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Program for development as a potential treatment for Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) and other indications, RHB-102 – with a potential UK marketing approval submission for oncology support, and additional clinical stage programs
TEL AVIV, Israel and RALEIGH, NC, May 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) ("RedHill" or the "Company"), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced the termination of RHB-204's U.S. Phase 3 study for Non-tuberculosis Mycobacteria (NTM) disease due to a very low accrual rate, and the shifting of the Company's resources to advance once-daily, oral RHB-107's late-stage development for outpatient treatment of COVID-19. This decision is intended to enable the Company to better focus its resources on key pipeline catalysts and revenue-generating product acquisition, while searching for out-licensing partners for RHB-204.
"RHB-204 is an innovative potential treatment for a difficult to treat disease with strong unmet medical need and no current stand-alone first-line therapies. We are hugely grateful to the RHB-204 development team, including the Clinical Research Organizations and trial sites, who have designed and implemented a very smart Phase 3 clinical trial, in addition to securing Qualified Infectious Disease Product and orphan drug designations in both the U.S. and EU, along with solid intellectual property coverage for RHB-204," said Gilead Raday, RedHill's Chief Operating Officer, and Head of R&D. "However, due to the very slow enrolment in NTM and given the current state of the financial markets and the negative biotech sector sentiment, we must focus our limited resources where we believe most value can be generated for our shareholders in the short to medium term and, as such, we are prioritizing RHB-107 for non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients and opaganib for Acute Radiation Syndrome."
RHB-204 is a Phase 3-stage proprietary, fixed-dose oral capsule containing a combination of clarithromycin, rifabutin and clofazimine, developed for the treatment of pulmonary NTM disease caused by MAC. RHB-204 was granted FDA Fast Track and Orphan Drug Designation, in addition to QIDP Designation under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act (GAIN Act), extending U.S. post-approval U.S. market exclusivity to a potential total of 12 years. RHB-204 has additionally been granted EU Orphan Designation, providing eligibility for 10 years EU post-approval market exclusivity. RedHill is seeking protection of RHB-204, and its use in treating pulmonary MAC disease, on a global scale, providing protection until 2041.
About RedHill Biopharma
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on gastrointestinal and infectious diseases. RedHill promotes the gastrointestinal drugs, Talicia® for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in adults, and Aemcolo® for the treatment of travelers' diarrhea in adults. RedHill's key clinical late-stage development programs include: (i) opaganib (ABC294640), a first-in-class oral broad-acting, host-directed SK2 selective inhibitor with potential for pandemic preparedness and targeting multiple indications, including a U.S. Government collaboration for development for Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS), a Phase 2/3 program for hospitalized COVID-19, and a Phase 2 program in oncology; (ii) RHB-107 (upamostat), an oral broad-acting, host-directed, serine protease inhibitor with potential for pandemic preparedness and is in a Phase 3-stage study as treatment for non-hospitalized symptomatic COVID-19, and targeting multiple other cancer and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases; (iii) RHB-102, with expected UK submission for chemotherapy and radiotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, positive results from a Phase 3 study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and positive results from a Phase 2 study for IBS-D; (iv) RHB-104, with positive results from a first Phase 3 study for Crohn's disease; and (v) RHB-204, Phase 3-stage for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) disease. More information about the Company is available at www.redhillbio.com/ twitter.com/RedHillBio.
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Chief Corporate & Business Development Officer RedHill Biopharma
 RHB-204 is an investigational new drug, not available for commercial distribution.
 RHB-107 is an investigational new drug, not available for commercial distribution.
 Talicia® (omeprazole magnesium, amoxicillin and rifabutin) is indicated for the treatment of H. pylori infection in adults. For full prescribing information see: www.talicia.com.
 Aemcolo® (rifamycin) is indicated for the treatment of travelers' diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of Escherichia coli in adults. For full prescribing information see: www.aemcolo.com.
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