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Vanda is currently developing the drug Tasimelteon for treatment of non-24-hour disorder (“non-24”), a circadian rhythm disorder in which the patients’ internal “body clock” is misaligned, causing sleep irregularities.
In late May 2013, the Company submitted a new drug approval application for Tasimelteon to the FDA. However, on June 19, 2013, thestreet.com published an article alleging several irregularities in the clinical trial process, including:
- The design of Vanda's primary Phase III study changed numerous times, including a complete replacement of the primary endpoint just one month before study results were announced.
- The replacement primary endpoint installed to assess Tasimelteon's benefit was created by Vanda and has never been used before in sleep-drug clinical trials, nor was it endorsed by the FDA.
- Vanda was forced to cut in half the patient enrollment into the Tasimelteon clinical trials because totally blind patients with non-24 could not be identified. Even then, Vanda was only able to enroll patients by stretching the clinical definition of non-24.
- Tasimelteon was only able to demonstrate a benefit for non-24 patients by combining data from two phase III studies. Despite Vanda's claims to the contrary, the phase III studies may have actually failed on their own.
Following these allegations, Vanda shares declined $2.41 per share, or more than 22%, to close at $8.51 per share.Finkelstein Thompson LLP has spent over three decades delivering outstanding representation to institutional and individual clients in financial litigation, and courts have appointed it lead or co-counsel in dozens of shareholder class actions. The firm also serves as local counsel to other firms pursuing cases in courts throughout the Washington, DC metro area. Indeed, the firm has served in leadership and liaison roles in cases that have recovered over $1 billion for investors and consumers.