RedHill Biopharma Announces Enrollment of Last Patient in BEKINDA® Phase III Study for Acute Gastroenteritis

  •  Top-line results are expected in the second quarter of 2017
  • The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of BEKINDA® 24mg in patients with acute gastroenteritis and gastritis (the GUARD study)
  • Acute gastroenteritis and gastritis are inflammations of the mucus membranes of the gastrointestinal tract which may lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain; Acute gastroenteritis is a common infectious disease, with approximately 179 million cases annually in the U.S.
  • If approved, BEKINDA® could become the first 5-HT3 antiemetic drug in the U.S. indicated for the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis, targeting a potential worldwide market estimated to exceed $650 million annually
  • Additionally, a Phase II study with BEKINDA® 12 mg is ongoing in the U.S. for the treatment of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), with top-line results expected in mid-2017

TEL-AVIV, Israel,, Feb. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases and cancer, today announced  enrollment of the last patient in the Phase III study with BEKINDA® 24 mg for the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis (the GUARD study).

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III GUARD study with BEKINDA® 24 mg is conducted in 29 U.S. clinical sites and treated 320 adults and children over the age of 12 who suffered from acute gastroenteritis and gastritis. Top-line results are expected in the second quarter of 2017.

Robert A. Silverman, MD, MS, Emergency Medicine specialist at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical Center, and Associate Professor at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York, is the lead investigator for the study.

BEKINDA® is a proprietary, bimodal extended-release, once-daily oral pill formulation of the antiemetic drug ondansetron, targeting multiple gastrointestinal indications. BEKINDA® is intended to provide patients with relief from nausea and vomiting symptoms for a full 24-hour period with a single oral tablet.

The primary endpoint for the GUARD study is the absence of vomiting or the need for rescue medications or intravenous hydration from 30 minutes through 24 hours after the first dose of the study drug. Secondary endpoints include, among others, frequency of vomiting, severity and time to resolution of nausea and time to resumption of normal activities.

As previously announced, in light of discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), RedHill believes that, subject to achieving highly significant positive results, the Phase III GUARD study may be sufficient as a single Phase III study to support potential future marketing application in the U.S., conditional upon, among other things, future review and guidance from the FDA.

Acute gastroenteritis and gastritis are inflammations of the mucus membranes of the gastrointestinal tract leading to a combination of symptoms which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain. Acute gastroenteritis is a common infectious disease, with approximately 179 million cases annually in the U.S.1. It is caused by many different infectious agents, most commonly by viral infections, accounting for up to 70% of cases. Noroviruses cause the most outbreaks of non-bacterial acute gastroenteritis in all age groups and often occur in epidemic outbreaks in schools, nursing homes and other group settings2. Gastroenteritis and gastritis are major causes of emergency room visits, with up to 474,000 estimated hospitalizations annually in the U.S. alone1. Dehydration is the most frequent and dangerous complication of acute gastroenteritis3. Oral rehydration is the preferred therapy in mild to moderate dehydration, whereas intravenous fluids are recommended in more severe cases4. Adding ondansetron, the active ingredient in BEKINDA®, to the standard intravenous rehydration therapy has shown to significantly reduce the amount of vomiting in children with gastroenteritis3, however, to the best of RedHill’s knowledge, its efficacy in adults has not been studied in a randomized clinical trial in the U.S.

Ondansetron is used as an antiemetic in patients suffering from chemotherapy and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and from postoperative nausea and vomiting5. BEKINDA® may decrease the frequency of vomiting, improve the success and compliance of oral rehydration therapy and decrease the rate of intravenous therapy in patients suffering from gastroenteritis. It may also decrease the number of emergency room visits, and therefore reduce health care costs. If approved for marketing by the FDA, BEKINDA® could become the first 5-HT3 antiemetic drug in the U.S. indicated for the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis, targeting a potential worldwide market estimated to exceed $650 million annually6.

BEKINDA® is being studied for additional indications. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II study with BEKINDA® 12 mg is currently ongoing in the U.S. for the treatment of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). The Phase II study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of BEKINDA® 12 mg in adults over the age of 18 who suffer from IBS-D at 16 clinical sites in the U.S. 96 of the planned total of 120 subjects have been enrolled to date. Top-line results are expected in mid-2017.

The Phase III GUARD study and the Phase II study with BEKINDA® are registered on www.ClinicalTrials.gov, a web-based service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which provides access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies.

About BEKINDA® (RHB-102):
BEKINDA® is a proprietary, bimodal extended-release (24 hours) oral pill formulation of ondansetron covered by several issued and pending patents. A Phase III clinical study of BEKINDA® 24 mg formulation for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis (the GUARD study) is ongoing in the U.S., with patient enrollment completed and top-line results expected in the second quarter of 2017. A Phase II study with BEKINDA® 12 mg formulation is ongoing in the U.S. for the treatment of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), with top-line results expected in mid-2017.

About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.:
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Israel, primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases and cancer. RedHill has a U.S. co-promotion agreement with Concordia for Donnatal®, a prescription oral adjunctive drug used in the treatment of IBS and acute enterocolitis. RedHill’s clinical-stage pipeline includes: (i) RHB-105 an oral combination therapy for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection with successful results from a first Phase III study; (ii) RHB-104 an oral combination therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s disease with an ongoing first Phase III study, a completed proof-of-concept Phase IIa study for multiple sclerosis and QIDP status for Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections; (iii) BEKINDA® (RHB-102) a once-daily oral pill formulation of ondansetron with an ongoing Phase III study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and an ongoing Phase II study for IBS-D; (iv) RHB-106 an encapsulated bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.; (v) YELIVA® (ABC294640) a Phase II-stage, orally-administered, first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications; (vi) MESUPRON – a Phase II-stage first-in-class, orally-administered uPA inhibitor, targeting gastrointestinal and other solid tumors and (vii) RIZAPORT® (RHB-103) – an oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for acute migraines, with a U.S. NDA currently under discussion with the FDA and marketing authorization received in Germany in October 2015. More information about the Company is available at: www.redhillbio.com.

1 Scallan E, Griffin PM, Angulo FJ, Tauxe RV, Hoekstra RM, Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States – Unspecified Agents, Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17(1):16-22.

2 Graves S. Nancy, Acute Gastroenteritis, Prim Care Clin Office Pract 40 (2013) 727–741.

3 Elliott, Elizabeth Jane, Acute Gastroenteritis in Children, BMJ, 334.7583 (2007): 35–40. PMC. Web. 8 Feb. 2017.

4 Reeves JJ, Shannon MW, Fleisher GR, Ondansetron decreases vomiting associated with acute gastroenteritis: a randomized, controlled trial, Pediatrics. 2002;109(4):e62.

5 Ondansetron prescribing information

6 Graves S. Nancy, Acute Gastroenteritis, Prim Care Clin Office Pract 40 (2013) 727–741.

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