RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LQDA), a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel products utilizing its proprietary PRINT® technology, today announced that it has released final safety and tolerability results from the two-month endpoint of the pivotal phase 3 INSPIRE trial that evaluated LIQ861 in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Details from this late-breaking abstract were provided as an ePresentation on ISHLTv, an online platform designed as an alternative to the face-to-face scientific exchange originally scheduled at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Annual Meeting.
LIQ861 is an investigational, inhaled dry powder formulation of treprostinil designed and engineered using Liquidia’s novel PRINT technology with the goal of enhancing deep-lung delivery of treprostinil in PAH patients by means of a convenient, palm-sized dry powder inhaler.
“This final two month analysis of LIQ861 from the INSPIRE study is consistent with earlier findings and particularly encouraging for physicians as the data show that LIQ861 can be successfully titrated to therapeutic levels across a wide range of inhaled doses and was very well tolerated,” said Nicholas Hill, MD, Chief Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Division and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and INSPIRE Principal Investigator. “If approved, LIQ861 may provide an effective and more convenient treatment option for patients when compared with those that are currently available.”
In the INSPIRE trial (which stands for Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil), LIQ861 was observed to be well-tolerated in 121 patients, with 113 patients (93 percent) completing their two-month visit. During that period, LIQ861 was evaluated at doses ranging from 26.5 mcg to 159 mcg with no study-drug related serious adverse events observed. Reported treatment-emergent adverse events (“TEAEs”) were mostly mild to moderate in nature, the most common (reported in ≥4 percent) being cough (42 percent), headache (26 percent), throat irritation (16 percent), dizziness (11 percent), diarrhea (9 percent), chest discomfort (8 percent), nausea (7 percent), dyspnea (5 percent), flushing (5 percent) and oropharyngeal pain (4 percent).
“LIQ861 is a great example of how our PRINT technology allows us to take good science and make it better. Treprostinil is vital to the treatment of PAH and through the vast design capabilities of PRINT, we are able to engineer it into highly uniform, precision particles with the intention of enhancing deep-lung delivery through a convenient palm-sized, dry powder inhaler and could provide PAH patients with a much needed treatment option,” said Neal Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of Liquidia. “We are encouraged by PRINT technology and our pipeline, including the recent acceptance of the LIQ861 NDA for review by the FDA. We look forward to working closely with the FDA as it continues to review our drug application.”
The New Drug Application (NDA) for LIQ861 was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway and includes data from three clinical studies to establish the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile of LIQ861. On April 8, 2020, Liquidia announced the FDA had accepted the NDA for review and that it had been provided a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of November 24, 2020.
About INSPIRE Clinical Trial
Liquidia’s pivotal open-label phase 3 clinical trial, known as INSPIRE, or Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil, was designed to evaluate patients who have either been under stable treatment with nebulizer-delivered treprostinil for at least three months and are transitioned to LIQ861 under the protocol or patients who have been under stable treatment with no more than two non-prostacyclin oral PAH therapies for at least three months and have their treatment regimen supplemented with LIQ861 under the protocol. The primary objective of the INSPIRE study was to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of LIQ861. In August 2019, Liquidia completed the INSPIRE study. For more information, please visit https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03399604.
PAH is a chronic, progressive disease caused by the hardening and narrowing of the pulmonary arteries that can lead to right heart failure and eventually death. Treprostinil is a synthetic analog of prostacyclin, a vasoactive mediator essential to normal lung function that is deficient in patients with PAH. PAH is a rare disease, with an estimated prevalence in the United States of approximately 30,000 patients. The exact cause of PAH is often unknown and, although the symptoms are treatable, there is no known cure for the disease.
Liquidia is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel products using its proprietary PRINT® technology to transform the lives of patients. PRINT is a particle engineering platform that enables precise production of uniform drug particles designed to improve the safety, efficacy and performance of a wide range of therapies. Currently, Liquidia is focused on the development of two product candidates for which it holds worldwide commercial rights: LIQ861 for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and LIQ865 for the treatment of local post-operative pain. Liquidia is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC. For more information, please visit www.liquidia.com.
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