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Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq:IPCI) (TSX:I) ("Intellipharmaceutics" or the "Company"), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has reviewed the Company's request for Fast Track designation for its abuse deterrent Rexista™ Oxycodone XR (Oxycodone HCl) extended-release tablets development program incorporating its Paradoxical OverDose Resistance Activating System ("PODRAS™") and has concluded that it meets the criteria for Fast Track designation.
Fast Track is a designation assigned by the FDA in response to an applicant's request which meets FDA criteria. The designation mandates the FDA to facilitate the development and expedite the review of drugs intended to treat serious or life threatening conditions and that demonstrate the potential to address unmet medical needs. This could potentially result in accelerated approval for Rexista™ Oxycodone XR thereby making it available to patients earlier than would be traditionally possible.
In March 2015, the Company requested Fast Track designation for its novel, and potentially first-in-class, Rexista™ Oxycodone XR abuse deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets incorporating its PODRAS™ technology platform. A basis for the request was that Rexista™ Oxycodone XR has the potential to address an unmet medical need, namely the prevention, deterrence or reduction of the abuse of oxycodone HCl extended release solid oral dosage forms involving the deliberate or inadvertent oral ingestion of more intact pills or tablets than prescribed to achieve a feeling of euphoria. This is a very common and serious form of drug abuse.
Rexista™ Oxycodone XR is intended for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock analgesic is needed for an extended period of time. Such medications are considered important in the treatment of chronic pain, but have the potential for abuse.
"We are pleased with the grant by the FDA of Fast Track status for Rexista™ Oxycodone XR incorporating our proprietary PODRAS™ technology which is being formulated to decrease the 'liking' of dose escalation and decrease or delay the attendant risk of respiratory depression in drug-naive individuals. The development of this product candidate could, if successful, decrease the desirability of taking more intact tablets than prescribed, potentially addressing an unmet need and possibly resulting in fewer accidental or intentional deaths," stated Dr. Isa Odidi, CEO and co-founder of Intellipharmaceutics. "To the best of our knowledge, no other product currently approved for sale in the U.S. or Canada has demonstrated this potential."
There can be no assurance that the Company will, as a result of the Fast Track designation for Rexista™ Oxycodone XR, experience a faster development process or review, compared to conventional FDA standards, or that the Company's Rexista™ Oxycodone XR product candidate will be approved at all, or that it will ever be successfully commercialized.
About Rexista™ Oxycodone XR incorporating PODRAS™
The Company's Rexista™ Oxycodone XR product candidate has been further enhanced with its proprietary PODRAS™ delivery technology intended to reduce the likelihood of oral abuse when more pills than prescribed are swallowed intact. Preclinical studies of Rexista™ Oxycodone XR suggest that if more tablets than prescribed are deliberately or inadvertently swallowed, the amount of drug active released over 24 hours may be substantially less than expected. However, if the prescribed number of pills is swallowed, the drug release should be as expected.
Details on the FDA Fast Track program can be found in the link below:
Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the efficient development of a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology platform, Intellipharmaceutics has developed several drug delivery systems and a pipeline of products (our dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules for the 15 and 30 mg strengths which received final FDA approval) and product candidates in various stages of development, including Abbreviated New Drug Applications filed with the FDA (and one Abbreviated New Drug Submission filed with Health Canada) in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal tract, diabetes and pain.
Intellipharmaceutics also has New Drug Application 505(b)(2) product candidates in its development pipeline. These include Rexista™ Oxycodone XR, an abuse-deterrent oxycodone, based on its proprietary nPODDDS™ novel Point Of Divergence Drug Delivery System and PODRAS™ Paradoxical OverDose Resistance Activating System, and Regabatin™ XR pregabalin extended-release capsules.
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Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.
Domenic Della Penna
Chief Financial Officer
416-798-3001 ext 106