Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTIE) announced that a Complete Response Letter was received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the resubmission to the new drug application (NDA) for REMOXY ® (oxycodone) Extended-Release Capsules CII. Pfizer is working to evaluate the issues described in the Complete Response Letter and plans to have further discussions with FDA around them.
REMOXY is an investigational extended-release oral formulation of oxycodone for the relief of moderate to severe pain requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment. REMOXY was developed by Pain Therapeutics, Inc. using DURECT Corporation’s (NASDAQ: DRRX) ORADUR ® technology, which is designed to discourage common methods of tampering. In 2005, King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. entered into an agreement with Pain Therapeutics, Inc. to develop and commercialize REMOXY. Pain Therapeutics, Inc. filed the initial NDA for REMOXY in June 2008 and received a Complete Response Letter in December 2008. King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. assumed full control of the development of REMOXY in March 2009 and filed a resubmission to the REMOXY NDA on December 23, 2010. Pfizer obtained rights to REMOXY upon the close of its acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on February 28, 2011.
“Pfizer is working to understand and address the issues in the FDA Complete Response Letter,” said Olivier Brandicourt, Pfizer President and General Manager, Primary Care. “Pain is an important strategic disease area for Pfizer. We share the concern about misuse and abuse of opioid medicines and are committed to being part of the solution to address this important public health and safety issue.”
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