FREEDOM clinical study on track for topline results in Q3 2021
Ended Q1 with cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments of $96.5 million
BURLINGTON, Mass., May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- scPharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: SCPH), a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products that have the potential to optimize the delivery of infused therapies, advance patient care, and reduce healthcare costs, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 and provided a business update.
Conducted a Type A meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the FUROSCIX® New Drug Application (NDA) and requirements related to its resubmission.
The Company is still in discussion with the FDA regarding the bench top testing of the West SmartDose® Gen II on-body infusor; the Company has a Type C meeting scheduled in June to discuss this in detail.
Pending resolution of the testing plan and assuming device modifications are not required, the Company anticipates resubmitting the FUROSCIX NDA under the current 505(b)(2) approval pathway in the fall of 2021.
Enrollment in the FREEDOM-HF clinical trial continues to progress with results expected in Q3 2021. The primary endpoint of this study is the difference in the 30-day overall and heart failure-related healthcare costs between subjects treated with FUROSCIX post-discharge from the emergency department and patients treated in the hospital.
Enrolled first patient in the AT HOME-HF Pilot study designed to assess clinical outcomes in patients treated with FUROSCIX with worsening heart failure symptoms due to congestion.
Announced the appointment of renowned heart failure specialist William T. Abraham, M.D., to the company’s Board of Directors.
Ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments of $96.5 million.
“During the first quarter, we were pleased to have completed a productive Type A meeting with the FDA during which we gained clarity on requirements for resubmission of the FUROSCIX 505(b)(2) NDA. We have a follow-up Type C meeting in June where we hope to finalize the testing details on the bench top testing for resubmission,” stated John Tucker, chief executive officer of scPharmaceuticals. “In parallel, our ongoing FREEDOM-HF and AT HOME-HF PILOT studies, if successful, will add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the potential for improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs associated with treatment with FUROSCIX outside of the hospital setting. We are well financed with approximately $97 million in cash, and we are focused on advancing this novel therapy to the many worsening heart failure patients who continue to have significant unmet need.”
First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Financial Guidance
scPharmaceuticals ended the first quarter with $96.5 million in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments, compared to $105.3 million as of December 31, 2020. The Company believes its cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments are sufficient to fund operations into 2023.
scPharmaceuticals reported a net loss of $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $7.1 million for the comparable period in 2020.
Research and development expenses were $4.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $4.1 million for the comparable period in 2020. The decrease in research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was primarily due a decrease in device development costs, offset by increased clinical study and medical affairs activity, pharmaceutical development costs, and employee-related costs.
General and administrative expenses were $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $2.5 million for the comparable period in 2020. The increase in general and administrative expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was primarily attributable to employee-related and director and officer’s insurance costs, offset by a decrease in legal costs.
Based on its current operating plan, the Company expects the net loss for 2021 to be in the range of $32.0 to $36.0 million for the fiscal year.
About FUROSCIX® (furosemide injection) for subcutaneous injection
FUROSCIX is an investigational, proprietary furosemide solution formulated to a neutral pH to allow for subcutaneous infusion via a wearable, pre-programmed on-body drug delivery system, for outpatient self-administration. FUROSCIX is currently under development for the treatment of congestion due to fluid overload in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II and Class III heart failure who display reduced responsiveness to oral diuretics and who do not require hospitalization. FUROSCIX has the potential to provide an outpatient alternative for the treatment of worsening heart failure due to congestion.
scPharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products that are designed to reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes. The Company develops, internally and through strategic partnerships, innovative products and solutions that aim to expand and advance the outpatient care of select acute conditions. The Company’s lead programs focus on the subcutaneous, self-administration of IV-strength treatments in heart failure and infectious disease. scPharmaceuticals is headquartered in Burlington, MA. For more information, please visit www.scPharmaceuticals.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the FDA’s review requirements and potential outcomes of the Type C meeting, the planned resubmission of the FUROSCIX NDA, including potential timing of the resubmission, the potential timing of, and the Company’s expected progress towards, the advancement of the Company’s device verification, research and validation studies, including the expected timing and results of the FREEDOM-HF clinical trial and the AT-HOME-HF Pilot study, whether any modifications to the West SmartDose Gen II on-body infusor may be required, and the potential benefits, expected costs and future plans and expectations for FUROSCIX, if approved, and the Company’s projected financial guidance, including projected annual loss. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of the ability of the FUROSCIX On-Body Infusor to appropriately deliver therapy, the results of the above-referenced bench testing, the risk that the FDA requires modification of the West SmartDose Gen II on-body infusor device, the receipt of regulatory approval for the FUROSCIX On-Body Infusor or any of our other product candidates or, if approved, the successful commercialization of such products, the risk of cessation or delay of any of the ongoing or planned clinical trials and/or our development of our product candidates, the risk that the results of previously conducted studies will not be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving our product candidates, and the risk that the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact the Company’s device validation, drug stability testing, the timing of the Company’s resubmission of the FUROSCIX NDA and other operations. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov, and as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in the Company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.
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