A.P. Pharma, Inc.
(NASDAQ:APPA), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010 and provided a corporate update.
“Since receiving the Complete Response Letter on our APF530 New Drug Application, A.P. Pharma’s management and staff have been working to address the issues raised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to prepare for meetings with the FDA,” said John Whelan, A.P. Pharma’s acting chief executive officer. “Company representatives met with the FDA in February and have another meeting scheduled for this week. We believe that our discussions with the FDA will provide the necessary clarity for what work and information will be needed to best address the topics outlined in the Complete Response Letter. Following our meetings with the FDA, we expect to be in a position to determine the resources and timeline needed for resubmitting the APF530 New Drug Application.”
The Company met with the FDA in February 2011. At this meeting, the Company presented information concerning the clinical pharmacology of APF530 and a revised presentation format for certain clinical data from the Company’s Phase 3 study. The FDA indicated that the revised presentation format for the clinical data was acceptable for resubmission and did not request any additional efficacy studies. The FDA has requested that a thorough QT study be included in the New Drug Application (NDA) resubmission and clarified the requirements for a previously requested metabolism study. The FDA agreed both studies could be structured as a single clinical study conducted in healthy volunteers. Once initiated, this study is anticipated to take approximately six months to complete.
A second FDA meeting is scheduled for the end of March 2011 to address the dosing system and the characterization and manufacturing of APF530. During this meeting, the Company will be presenting the results of additional analytical work it has completed since receipt of the Complete Response Letter.