Tonix Expects the Data to Satisfy Pharmacokinetic Requirements for Potential New Drug Applications for TNX-102 SL for PTSD and Fibromyalgia
Lack of a Food Effect for TNX-102 SL Supports Predictability of Therapeutic Effect
NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: TNXP) (Tonix), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has completed the required fed-fasting and dose proportionality tests of TNX-102 SL in healthy volunteers to support the New Drug Application (NDA) of TNX-102 SL for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and fibromyalgia.
The preliminary results of the study showed no significant effect of a fatty meal on the rate or extent of absorption of TNX-102 SL 5.6 mg administered as 2 x 2.8 mg sublingual tablets. The absence of a food effect is consistent with transmucosal absorption after sublingual administration. Oral cyclobenzaprine products approved for treating muscle spasm have significant increases in absorption with food. Food effects which change plasma drug levels can add unpredictability for patients in terms of therapeutic benefits or side effects. The study also showed the rate and extent of absorption of cyclobenzaprine increase in a dose proportional manner from 2.8 mg to 5.6 mg for TNX-102 SL. The dose proportionality observed in this study confirms an earlier study using a prototype 2.4 mg formulation.
About Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp.
Tonix is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecules and biologics to treat psychiatric, pain and addiction conditions. Tonix’s lead product candidate, TNX-102 SL*, is in Phase 3 development as a bedtime treatment for PTSD (trade name Tonmya**) and fibromyalgia. The Phase 3 RECOVERY trial (P302) in PTSD is currently enrolling and results from an interim analysis for a potential sample size adjustment are expected in the first quarter of 2020 and topline data are expected in the second quarter of 2020 if the sample size remains the same. TNX-102 SL for PTSD has U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy Designation. Tonix has started enrollment in the Phase 3 RELIEF trial in fibromyalgia. TNX-102 SL is also in development for agitation in Alzheimer’s disease and alcohol use disorder (AUD). The agitation in Alzheimer’s disease program is Phase 2 ready with FDA Fast Track designation and the development for AUD is in the pre-Investigational New Drug (IND) application stage. TNX-601 CR (tianeptine oxalate controlled-release tablets) is in development as a daytime treatment for PTSD, as well as for depression. The first efficacy study will be performed outside the U.S. and it is expected to be IND-ready in 2020. TNX-1600 (a triple reuptake inhibitor) is a third product candidate being developed for PTSD, as a daytime treatment. Tonix‘s programs for treating addiction conditions also include TNX-1300*** (double-mutant cocaine esterase), which is in Phase 2 development for the treatment of cocaine intoxication and has FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation. Tonix’s preclinical pipeline includes TNX-1500 (anti-CD154), a monoclonal antibody being developed to prevent and treat organ transplant rejection and autoimmune conditions, and TNX-1700 (rTFF2), a biologic being developed to treat gastric and pancreatic cancers. Finally, TNX-801 (live virus vaccine for percutaneous [scarification] administration) to potentially prevent smallpox and TNX-701 (undisclosed small molecule) to prevent radiation effects are being advanced as medical countermeasures to improve biodefense.
*TNX-102 SL (cyclobenzaprine HCl sublingual tablets) is an investigational new drug and has not been approved for any indication.
**Tonmya has been conditionally accepted by the FDA as the proposed trade name for TNX-102 SL for the treatment of PTSD.
***TNX-1300 (T172R/G173Q double-mutant cocaine esterase 200 mg, i.v. solution) is an investigational new biologic and has not been approved for any indication.
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Bradley Saenger (corporate)
Travis Kruse (media)
Peter Vozzo (investors)