Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Opiant”) (NASDAQ: OPNT) today announced positive topline results from a pharmacodynamic (“PD”) study for OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, (3mg nalmefene hydrochloride), an investigational treatment for opioid overdose.

This crossover study conducted in healthy volunteers compared 3 mg nasal nalmefene hydrochloride with 4 mg nasal naloxone hydrochloride in reversing respiratory depression produced by remifentanil, a synthetic opioid. The two study drugs were assessed by measuring changes in minute ventilation following administration of the respective study drug, with the primary endpoint at five minutes post administration.

A preliminary analysis on the 50 subjects completing the study found that treatment with OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, produced a greater reversal of respiratory depression that was nearly twice that produced by nasal naloxone at five minutes. The increases in minute ventilation were 5.745 L/min and 3.011 L/min, with nalmefene and naloxone, respectively. OPNT003 met the primary endpoint of non-inferiority, which was designed to assess whether nasal nalmefene performed as well or better than nasal naloxone.

“The findings from this PD study are compelling and add to a body of non-clinical and clinical evidence demonstrating the potential of OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, to offer an important treatment option for opioid overdose,” said Richard C. Dart, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, and a member of Opiant’s Scientific Advisory Board.  “Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, are responsible for the great majority of overdoses today, are far more potent, have a more rapid onset, and can have a long duration of action. They can quickly depress respiration and can continue to deprive the brain of oxygen even after administration of naloxone, the only current FDA-approved treatment for opioid overdose. Unless quickly reversed, this can cause severe hypoxic injury to the victim’s organs and brain, and potentially death.”

“We are thrilled to be sharing positive topline data from our head-to-head PD study comparing OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, with nasal naloxone,” said Roger Crystal, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Opiant. “These data, taken together with our prior PK studies, suggest that OPNT003 could be well suited to address the challenges in treating today’s opioid overdoses, which are driven by synthetic opioids, like fentanyl. It is extremely rewarding to see this program yield clear, consistent, results, and we look forward to continuing to work towards submitting our New Drug Application (“NDA”), which we anticipate occurring in the second half of this year."

Positive results were previously reported in two separate pharmacokinetic (“PK”) studies. OPNT003-PK-001 evaluated the PK behavior of nasal nalmefene compared to nalmefene intramuscular injection. Nasal nalmefene exhibited both rapid absorption (Tmax 15 min) and high plasma concentrations (Cmax 12.2 ng/ml) that surpassed an approved dose of intramuscular nalmefene, as well as having a comparable long plasma half-life. OPNT003-PK-002 compared the effect of a single dose of nasal nalmefene in one nostril, one dose in each nostril, and two doses in one nostril. OPNT003 demonstrated dose proportional plasma concentrations to a single dose, whether administered as a single dose in each nostril or as two doses in a single nostril, and was safe and well tolerated. Completion of the PD study concludes the planned clinical development program for OPNT003.

OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, is being developed using a 505(b)(2) pathway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) granted Opiant Fast Track Designation for OPNT003 in November 2021. The Company expects to complete an NDA filing in the second half of 2022.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, under contract number HHSO100201800029C; and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”).

Conference Call

Opiant will discuss OPNT003 topline data on its first quarter 2022 financial results and corporate update conference call with slides, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call, please dial 1-877-407-0792 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8263 (international) using conference ID number 13728852. The call will also be webcast LIVE with slides and can be accessed via the Investors section of the Company's website at: www.opiant.com.

About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the company that developed NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is building a leading franchise of new medicines to combat addictions and drug overdose. For more information visit: www.opiant.com.

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For Media and Investor Inquiries:Ben Atkins, Opiant(310) 598-5410batkins@opiant.com 

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