Recro Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:REPH), a revenue generating specialty pharmaceutical company focused on therapeutics for the hospital and other acute care settings, today provided a regulatory update following receipt of the official meeting minutes from a July 2018 Type A meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relating to a path forward for intravenous (IV) meloxicam, the Company’s lead product candidate for the management of moderate to severe pain.
Recro had requested this Type A meeting with the FDA to address a Complete Response Letter (CRL) it received from the FDA regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for IV meloxicam. During the meeting, Recro discussed data from ad hoc analyses and selective secondary endpoints of Recro’s clinical trials which the FDA had highlighted in the CRL, as well as CMC related questions on extractable and leachable data provided in the NDA. Based upon the discussion with the FDA as reflected in the official meeting minutes, Recro anticipates resubmitting the IV meloxicam NDA by the end of September. The NDA resubmission will incorporate revised language relating to the product label and, additional information relating to extractable and leachable items.
“We are pleased with the constructive nature of our interactions with the FDA regarding IV meloxicam, and we expect to resubmit the NDA for IV meloxicam by the end of September,” said Gerri Henwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Recro. “We remain fully committed to IV meloxicam and to bringing this new non-opioid treatment option for the management of moderate to severe pain to the physicians and patients who need it.”
About IV/IM Meloxicam
Meloxicam is a long-acting, preferential COX-2 inhibitor that possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic activities, which are believed to be related to the inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX) and subsequent reduction in prostaglandin biosynthesis. IV meloxicam was designed using the NanoCrystal® platform, a technology that enables enhanced bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drug compounds. NanoCrystal® is a registered trademark of Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited (APIL).
About Recro Pharma, Inc.
Recro Pharma is a specialty pharmaceutical company that operates through two business divisions, an Acute Care, hospital product division and a revenue-generating contract development and manufacturing, or CDMO division, located in Gainesville, GA. The Acute Care division is primarily focused on developing innovative products for hospital and other acute care settings. The Company’s lead product candidate is a proprietary injectable form of meloxicam, a long-acting preferential COX-2 inhibitor. IV meloxicam has successfully completed two pivotal Phase III clinical efficacy trials, a large double-blind placebo-controlled Phase III safety trial, four Phase II clinical efficacy trials, as well as other safety studies. In May 2018, Recro received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA regarding IV meloxicam which it is currently seeking to resolve. As injectable meloxicam is in the non-opioid class of drugs, if approved, the Company believes it has the potential to overcome many of the issues associated with commonly prescribed opioid therapeutics, including respiratory depression, constipation, excessive nausea and vomiting, as well as having no addictive potential while maintaining meaningful analgesic effects for relief of pain. The Company’s CDMO division leverages its formulation expertise to develop and manufacture pharmaceutical products using its proprietary delivery technologies and other manufacturing services for commercial partners who commercialize or plan to commercialize these products. These collaborations can result in revenue streams including royalties, profit sharing, research and development and manufacturing fees, which support continued operations for its CDMO division and it contributes non-dilutive funding for the development and pre-commercialization activities of its Acute Care division.