MORRISVILLE, N.C., Jan. 25, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Corporation (the Company) (NASDAQ: LQDA) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided an update on its review of the New Drug Application (NDA) for YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and pulmonary hypertension associated with interstitial lung disease (PH-ILD). The FDA informed the Company that it is confirming the process for adding the PH-ILD indication as an amendment to the NDA for YUTREPIA. Accordingly, the FDA is not able to issue an action letter in time to meet the previously issued Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of January 24, 2024, and their review remains ongoing. The FDA did not request any additional clinical data to support the NDA and did not issue a new PDUFA goal date.
Dr. Roger Jeffs, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are in active communication with the FDA regarding the process we followed to amend our NDA to add PH-ILD to the labeled indication. Whether the NDA is amended or supplemented, we will continue to prepare for the final FDA approval of YUTREPIA to treat both PAH and PH-ILD patients following the expiration of regulatory exclusivity for Tyvaso® on March 31, 2024. As communicated by the tentative approval to treat PAH, YUTREPIA has already met the regulatory standards for quality, safety and efficacy. We remain committed to addressing the unmet needs across all patients whose lives may be improved by the unique benefits of YUTREPIA.”
On November 5, 2021, the FDA issued a tentative approval for YUTREPIA for the treatment of PAH to improve exercise ability in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class II-III symptoms. In July 2023, Liquidia filed an amendment to its New Drug Application for YUTREPIA, seeking to add PH-ILD to the label. The FDA previously confirmed that YUTREPIA may include the treatment of PH-ILD to the proposed label for YUTREPIA without additional clinical studies.
YUTREPIA also remains subject to ongoing litigation. Liquidia filed a request for Judge Andrews of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (District Court) to set aside the injunction that was instituted in August 2022 tied to litigation filed by United Therapeutics (UTHR) alleging patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 10,716,793 (the ‘793 Patent) in Case No. 1:20-cv-00755-RGA (the Original Hatch-Waxman Litigation). On December 20, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the earlier decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which found all claims of the ‘793 Patent to be unpatentable due to the existence of prior art cited by Liquidia in inter partes review proceedings.
Additionally, in September 2023, UTHR filed a second complaint for patent infringement in District Court in Case No. 1:23-cv-00975-RGA (the New Hatch-Waxman Litigation). As of January 22, 2024, the only patent at issue is U.S. Patent No. 11,826,327 (the ‘327 Patent) which issued November 30, 2023. UTHR has stipulated to the dismissal of the ‘793 Patent from the New Hatch-Waxman Litigation as a result of the CAFC decision affirming invalidity of the '793 Patent. The ’327 Patent, the sole remaining patent at issue in the New Hatch-Waxman Litigation, was not issued before Liquidia submitted the NDA for YUTREPIA in January 2020 to treat PAH. Therefore, the Company believes that final FDA approval for YUTREPIA will not be subject to any statutory 30-month stay arising from the New Hatch-Waxman Litigation per Section 505(c)(3)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
About YUTREPIA™(treprostinil) inhalation powder
YUTREPIA is an investigational, inhaled dry powder formulation of treprostinil delivered through a convenient, low-resistance, palm-sized device. YUTREPIA was designed using Liquidia’s PRINT® technology, which enables the development of drug particles that are precise and uniform in size, shape, and composition, and that are engineered for enhanced deposition in the lung following oral inhalation. Liquidia has completed INSPIRE, or Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil, an open-label, multi-center phase 3 clinical study of YUTREPIA in patients diagnosed with PAH who are naïve to inhaled treprostinil or who are transitioning from Tyvaso® (nebulized treprostinil). YUTREPIA is currently being studied in the ASCENT trial, an Open-Label Prospective Multicenter Study to Evaluate Safety and Tolerability of Dry Powder Inhaled Treprostinil in Pulmonary Hypertension, with the objective of informing YUTREPIA’s dosing and tolerability profile in patients with PH-ILD. YUTREPIA was previously referred to as LIQ861 in investigational studies.
About Liquidia Corporation
Liquidia Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products in pulmonary hypertension and other applications of its PRINT® Technology. The Company operates through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Liquidia Technologies, Inc. (Liquidia Technologies) and Liquidia PAH, LLC (Liquidia PAH). Liquidia Technologies has developed YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder for the treatment of PAH and PH-ILD. Liquidia Technologies is also developing L606, an investigational liposomal formulation of treprostinil administered twice-daily with a short-duration next-generation nebulizer, for use in North America. Liquidia PAH provides for the commercialization of pharmaceutical products to treat pulmonary disease, such as generic Treprostinil Injection. For more information, please visit www.liquidia.com.
Tyvaso® is a registered trademark of United Therapeutics Corporation.
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