Phase 3 data anticipated in third-quarter of 2011
RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (Nasdaq:BDSI - News) today announced the enrollment and dosing of the first patient in its Phase 3 clinical program evaluating the efficacy and safety of BEMA Buprenorphine for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain.
“Enrollment of the first patient into the BEMA Buprenorphine Phase 3 program marks our continued progress in making this novel treatment available for patients with moderate to severe chronic pain,” said Dr. Andrew Finn, Executive Vice President of Product Development at BDSI. “We believe that with our experienced and enthusiastic investigators, we can progress this program expeditiously and have results available by the third quarter of next year. Positive findings from this study would then allow for an NDA filing in the first half of 2012.”
According to Dr. Mark A. Sirgo, President and Chief Executive Officer of BDSI, “BEMA Buprenorphine could play an important future role in the treatment of chronic pain and may offer distinct advantages over other marketed opioid analgesics including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. These advantages would in part come from the fact that we anticipate it being classified as a Schedule III product, meaning there is a potential for less abuse than Schedule II products. With overall sales of opioid analgesics in the U.S. approaching nearly $10 billion, we believe this represents a significant opportunity for BDSI.”
BEMA Buprenorphine utilizes BDSI’s proprietary BioErodible MucoAdhesive (BEMA) drug delivery technology, which consists of a small, dissolvable, polymer film for application to the buccal mucosa (inner lining of the cheek) to deliver the opioid analgesic buprenorphine.
About BioDelivery Sciences International
BioDelivery Sciences International (NASDAQ:BDSI - News) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that is leveraging its novel and proprietary patented drug delivery technologies to develop and commercialize, either on its own or in partnerships with third parties, new applications of proven therapeutics. BDSI is focusing on developing products to meet unmet patient needs in the areas of pain management and oncology supportive care. BDSI’s pain franchise currently consists of two products utilizing the patented BEMA technology. ONSOLIS (fentanyl buccal soluble film) is approved in the U.S., Canada, and the EU (where it is marketed as BREAKYL), for the management of breakthrough pain in opioid tolerant, adult patients with cancer. The commercial rights are licensed to Meda for all territories worldwide except for Taiwan (licensed to TTY Biopharm) and South Korea (licensed to Kunwha Pharmaceutical Co.). BDSI’s second pain product, BEMA Buprenorphine, is being developed for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain and is in development in a high dose formulation for the treatment of opioid dependence. Additional product candidates are being developed utilizing the BEMA technology for conditions such as nausea/vomiting (BEMA Granisetron) and migraine (BEMA “Triptan”). BDSI’s headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.bdsi.com.
BDSI® and BEMA® are registered trademarks of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. ONSOLIS® is a registered trademark of Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. BREAKYL is registered trademark of Meda Pharma GmbH & Co. KG.
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