SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Orexigen®Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OREX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of obesity, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.
"We are thrilled that Contrave® (naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl extended release) is now available to patients," said Michael Narachi, CEO of Orexigen. "In addition to strong commercial resourcing, Takeda is bringing innovative approaches to the Contrave launch, by supporting the patient's complete approach to weight management with companion programs such as a weight loss program called Scale Down as well as Contrave Direct Save."
Narachi continued: "Regarding the European Marketing Authorization Application for Mysimba? (naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl prolonged release) for chronic weight management, we are pleased with the progress of the review. We met recently with the European reviewers to discuss a final list of issues, all of which we believe are addressable. We will submit our responses later this month and expect the CHMP opinion by year end."
Financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2014
For the three months ended September 30, 2014, Orexigen reported net income of $11.3 million, or $0.09 per share, as compared to a net loss of $18.6 million, or $0.19 per share, for the third quarter of 2013.
Total revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were $30.9 million compared to $857,000 for the same quarter in 2013. This increase in 2014 was due to recognition of two regulatory/development milestones, consisting of $20.0 million due upon regulatory approval in the U.S. and $10.0 million due upon the delivery of Contrave launch supplies to Takeda.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2014 were $17.8 million compared to $19.4 million for the third quarter of 2013. This overall decrease in operating expenses primarily reflects a decrease in research and development expenses associated with the conduct of the Light Study, the Contrave cardiovascular outcomes trial.
As of September 30, 2014, Orexigen had $68.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and an additional $50.3 million in marketable securities, for a total of $118.7 million. As previously announced, Orexigen received milestone payments totaling $30 million and expects to receive another milestone payment of $70 million from Takeda this week. The Company expects to end 2014 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately $190 million.
Naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl program update:
In September 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Contrave (naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl) extended-release tablets as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition.
Orexigen has licensed North American Contrave rights to partner, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Takeda has launched Contrave in the United States with a sales force of 900 representatives and companion program offerings to support a patient's complete approach to weight management. These programs include Contrave Direct Save, which provides the lowest cost available for both commercially insured and cash-paying patients, with one-on-one pharmacy support and the convenience of home delivery, and the Scale Down program, which provides weight management support with a wireless scale that triggers personalized messages based on weigh-ins. The Scale Down program is a product from Scale Down LLC, a company that is independent from both Takeda and Orexigen and is solely responsible for its content.
Orexigen has filed a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) seeking European approval for Mysimba® for chronic weight management in adults who are obese or overweight with certain weight related comorbidities. Mysimba is the brand name granted in Europe for NB32 (naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl prolonged release). In September, Orexigen submitted answers to the EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues (LOI) and the application was discussed at the CHMP meeting in October. Following the meeting, Orexigen received a revised and final LOI for the Company's written response. No major objections remain in the CHMP assessment. The Company believes the remaining issues are addressable. Orexigen intends to submit written responses in November and expects a CHMP opinion in December.
Orexigen owns Mysimba/NB32 rights outside of North America and will seek a commercial partner in those territories.
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