Following Completion of AFFIRM, Tonix to Prioritize Resources for Advancing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program into Phase 3
TNX-102 SL Generally Well Tolerated; No New Safety Signals Observed
NEW YORK, Sept. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:TNXP) (Tonix) announced preliminary topline results from its Phase 3 clinical study, AFFIRM, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of TNX-102 SL (cyclobenzaprine HCl sublingual tablets), 2.8 mg, in patients with fibromyalgia. AFFIRM was a 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of TNX-102 SL taken daily at bedtime, in which 519 participants were enrolled at 35 centers in the U.S. Fibromyalgia is a multi-symptom disorder that originates in the central nervous system and is characterized by widespread pain, non-restorative sleep, fatigue, and disability.
The AFFIRM data did not achieve statistical significance in the primary efficacy endpoint: the proportion of patients who reported a 30 percent or greater reduction in pain from baseline to the end of the 12-week treatment period based on the pre-specified primary analysis (p=0.095, Table 1). However, TNX-102 SL did show statistically significant effects on pain when analyzed by other standard statistical approaches (Table 1). TNX-102 SL activity in fibromyalgia was cross-validated by two additional endpoints, Patient Global Impression of Change (PGIC) and Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire-Revised (FIQ-R) (Table 2). These endpoints assess global improvement and a range of fibromyalgia symptoms and function. TNX-102 SL showed strong effects on improving sleep quality by the daily diary and the PROMIS sleep disturbance scale (Table 2). The internal consistency of these results provides clear evidence of beneficial effect of TNX-102 SL for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Seth Lederman, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Tonix, commented, "TNX-102 SL showed broad beneficial effects across key fibromyalgia symptoms and was well-tolerated in the AFFIRM study. Despite achieving clinically meaningful results from AFFIRM, we have greater clarity on the regulatory path forward in our PTSD program. We will therefore discontinue the fibromyalgia program in order to fully focus Tonix’s resources on advancing our potential breakthrough PTSD program to Phase 3. We owe it to our investors, and to patients who are waiting for meaningful clinical innovation, to steward our resources effectively.” Dr. Lederman continued, “We thank those who contributed to the AFFIRM trial, from the clinical teams to the patients and their families. They helped us evaluate this potential new therapy and their involvement provided valuable clinical and scientific information.”
An unexpected imbalance in patient discontinuations for reasons unrelated to efficacy or tolerability (for example, a patient relocating away from the clinical site) (Table 3), created a negative bias in the primary responder analysis because any patient who left the study, for any reason prior to completion, was labeled a non-responder despite their results up to that point. Another standard statistical method for assessing the 30 percent responder analysis that considers the reason for discontinuation showed statistical significance in the primary pain data (Table 1, P=0.012).
Overall, TNX-102 SL was well-tolerated in the AFFIRM study and the adverse events reported were similar to those seen in other TNX-102 SL clinical studies (Table 4). There were seven serious adverse events (SAEs) reported during the study: four in the placebo group and three in the active group. No new safety signals were observed; multiple causal factors were involved in each SAE, and all were resolved quickly and without sequelae.
Table 1. Primary and Other Standard Analyses of Pain
|30% Responder Analysis Pre-specified||BOCF all discontinuations||P=0.095|
|30% Responder Analysis||BOCF for LOE and AE; LOCF for others||P=0.012|
|ANCOVA; MCFB||Multiple imputation; LOE, AE and ID considered MNAR||P=0.009|
|ANCOVA; MCFB||Multiple imputation; all MNAR except LTF||P=0.042|
|MMRM of MCFB||None||P<0.001|
|50% Responder Analysis||BOCF all discontinuations||P=0.035|
AE- Adverse Event; ANCOVA- Analysis of Covariance; BOCF- Baseline Observation Carried Forward; ID- Investigator Decision; LOCF- Last Observation Carried Forward; LOE- Lack of Efficacy; LTF- Lost to Follow-up; MCFB- Mean Change from Baseline; MMRM- Mixed Models Repeated Measures; MNAR- Missing Not at Random
Table 2. Key Secondary Efficacy Data
|FIQ-R Total Score||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|FIQ-R Symptom Domain||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|FIQ-R Function Domain||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|Clinic 7-day pain recall||MMRM of MCFB||None||0.003|
|FIQ-R Pain Item||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|PROMIS Fatigue||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|Daily Sleep Quality Diary||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|PROMIS Sleep Disturbance||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
|FIQ-R Sleep Quality Item||MMRM of MCFB||None||<0.001|
Table 3. Reasons for Patient Dropouts/Discontinuations
|Occurrence of an Adverse Event||20 (7.6%)||11 (4.3%)|
|Withdrawal of Consent||15 (5.7%)||3 (1.2%)|
|Investigator Decision||6 (2.3%)||0 (0%)|
|Lack of Efficacy||6 (2.3%)||5 (1.9%)|
|Lost to Follow-up||11 (4.2%)||15 (5.8%)|
|Other||1 (0.4%)||1 (0.4%)|
|Total||59 (22.5%)||35 (13.6%)|
Among subjects randomized to the TNX-102 SL and control arms, 77.5 percent and 86.4 percent, respectively, completed the 12-week dosing period. As observed in other TNX-102 SL clinical studies, the rate of tongue numbness was higher in the active treatment group (40.2 percent vs. 0.8 percent). Transient tongue numbness, the most frequent adverse reaction, is a local effect related to TNX-102 SL sublingual administration and it did not appear to bias efficacy results. The most common systemic adverse reactions occurring in greater than or equal to 3 percent of patients in TNX-102 SL group and greater than placebo, are listed in Table 4.
Table 4. Most Common Systemic Adverse Reactions Occurring in > 3% of Patients in the TNX-102 SL Group and Greater than Placebo
(N = 261)*
|Fatigue||15 (5.7%)||6 (2.3%)|
|Somnolence||8 (3.1%)||4 (1.6%)|
*Safety Population = 518 patients
PTSD affects approximately 8.5 million Americans and is a chronic and debilitating condition, in which patients experience nightmares and disturbed sleep, and which is associated with depression and suicide. Individuals who suffer from PTSD experience impaired social functioning, occupational disability, intense anxiety and avoidance, emotional numbness, intense guilt or worry, agitation and an overall poor quality of life. PTSD is sometimes associated with substance abuse and unpredictable or violent behaviors, additional reasons that make it a critical public health concern. PTSD can develop from witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event in which there was the threat or actual occurrence of grave physical harm.
About TNX-102 SL
TNX-102 SL is an Investigational New Drug and has not been approved for any indication. TNX-102 SL is designed to deliver cyclobenzaprine to the bloodstream rapidly via sublingual (under the tongue) absorption and to bypass first-pass hepatic metabolism. As a multifunctional agent with antagonist activities at the serotonin-2A, alpha-1 adrenergic, and histamine H1 receptors, TNX-102 SL is under clinical development for the treatment of PTSD and is intended to provide broad spectrum improvement by targeting sleep quality and the stress response. Tonix is developing TNX-102 SL, 5.6 mg, for daily bedtime administration for the treatment of PTSD.
About Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp.
Tonix is developing next-generation medicines for common disorders of the central nervous system, with its lead program focusing on PTSD. This disorder is characterized by chronic disability, inadequate treatment options, high utilization of healthcare services, and significant economic burden. This press release and further information about Tonix can be found at www.tonixpharma.com.
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