Intellipharmaceutics Submits First of Its Kind NDA To FDA for Approval


Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq : IPCI)  has filed a New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) seeking authorization to market its Rexista® abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets in the 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg and 80 mg strengths.

Rexista® is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. The submission is supported by pivotal pharmacokinetic studies that demonstrated that Rexista® is bioequivalent to OxyContin® (oxycodone hydrochloride extended release). The submission also includes a comprehensive array of abuse-deterrent studies conducted to support abuse-deterrent label claims related to abuse of drug by oral, intra-nasal and intravenous pathways, having reference to the FDA’s “Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labelling” guidance published in April 2015.

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The abuse-deterrent properties incorporated into Rexista® are designed to make the product unlikable and discourage or make it more difficult to manipulate for the purpose of abuse or misuse via common routes of administration including: ingestion following chewing, licking or crushing; insufflation; inhalation; or injection. If approved, Rexista® may be the only abuse-deterrent oxycodone product with properties that may provide early warning of drug abuse if the product is manipulated or abused. The Company previously announced the results of a food effect study which showed that Rexista® can be administered with or without a meal (i.e., no food effect), providing another point of differentiation from currently marketed oral oxycodone extended release products.

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As previously announced,  the FDA, under the small business waiver provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, granted the Company a waiver of the $1,187,100 application fee for Rexista®.

The CEO of Intellipharmaceutics, Dr. Isa Odidi, said, “The NDA submission of Rexista® represents a critical milestone and turning point for the Company. This is our first NDA submission and the first abuse-deterrent oxycodone product candidate we are aware of that not only resists common forms of abuse but provides a preventive tool that may flag early warning of abuse. We are excited about the prospect of Rexista®, if approved, having a positive impact in addressing the opioid epidemic. We believe our suite of abuse-deterrent and overdose prevention technologies are best in class and we look forward to further expanding our development program for abuse-deterrent pain and other medications. The Company has identified potential manufacturing partners and is currently evaluating various manufacturing options for Rexista® in the U.S. We look forward to working with the FDA during their review of our NDA submission.”

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