CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLCD), a Phase 3 clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is developing lasmiditan oral tablets for the acute treatment of migraine in adults, announced today that the last patient has been randomized in its SAMURAI study, the Company’s first Phase 3 pivotal trial of lasmiditan. Per the SAMURAI protocol, the last patient randomized will have up to eight weeks to complete the study. SAMURAI top-line data are expected to be released when available in the third quarter of 2016, with more detailed results to be presented at a symposium during the 5th European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC 2016) taking place in Glasgow, Scotland on September 17th, 2016.
SAMURAI is the first of two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials of lasmiditan oral tablets. The objectives of SAMURAI are to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lasmiditan (100 mg and 200 mg) in comparison to placebo two hours after dosing on freedom from migraine headache pain, which is the primary endpoint, and on freedom from the most bothersome associated symptom of migraine (nausea, phonophobia or photophobia), which is the key secondary endpoint. SAMURAI is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study. The study is expected to treat a single migraine in up to 1,483 migraine patients with lasmiditan at approximately 80 U.S. sites. Patients include those with migraine who have cardiovascular risk factors or cardiovascular disease. At least 80% of all migraine patients enrolled in SAMURAI had multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease. SAMURAI is being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment (“SPA”) agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Agency (“FDA”).
“We are highly encouraged by the rapid enrollment of migraine patients into SAMURAI, especially those who have concomitant cardiovascular risk factors or conditions that preclude them from being adequately treated with legacy therapies,” said Thomas P. Mathers, President and Chief Executive Officer of CoLucid. “We are also very encouraged by the immediate uptake in enrollment by new sites for our SPARTAN Phase 3 trial. This uptake may be indicative of the significant population of untreated migraine patients who are diagnosed and in the payer system, but remain untreated either due to their cardiovascular risk status or due to inadequacy of currently available treatments.”
Lasmiditan has been designed to be effective in the acute treatment of migraine headaches in adults without the vasoconstrictor activity associated with previous generations of migraine therapies. It selectively targets 5-HT1F receptors expressed in the trigeminal pathway. Lasmiditan has been given the generic stem name “ditan,” which distinguishes it from other drug classes, including triptans, the current standard of care for migraine.
CoLucid is currently enrolling patients in a second pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of lasmiditan oral tablets, SPARTAN. The objective of SPARTAN is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lasmiditan (50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg) in comparison to placebo two hours after dosing on freedom from migraine headache pain, which is the primary endpoint, and on freedom from the most bothersome associated symptom of migraine (nausea, phonophobia or photophobia), which is the key secondary endpoint. SPARTAN is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study. The study is expected to treat a single migraine in up to 2,226 migraine patients with lasmiditan at approximately 140 sites in the U.S., United Kingdom and Germany. CoLucid expects migraine patients enrolled in SPARTAN will include those who also have one or more cardiovascular risk factors, stable cardiovascular disease or known coronary artery disease (“CAD”). SPARTAN has been granted a SPA agreement with the FDA. Top-line results from SPARTAN are expected in mid-2017.
CoLucid is also currently enrolling patients in GLADIATOR, a Phase 3 long-term, open-label trial of lasmiditan. GLADIATOR’s objective is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lasmiditan, as well as resource utilization, functional outcomes and disability. Migraine patients who complete CoLucid’s ongoing first Phase 3 pivotal trial, SAMURAI, as well as the Company’s second Phase 3 pivotal trial, SPARTAN, will be eligible to enroll in GLADIATOR. GLADIATOR is expected to enroll up to a total of 2,580 subjects, who will be randomized to receive 100 mg or 200 mg of lasmiditan, and treated for up to eight migraine attacks per month for one year. Based on the results of GLADIATOR, CoLucid intends to build an appropriate safety database to support a New Drug Application (“NDA”) for lasmiditan. At the time of the NDA submission, it is anticipated that there will be more than 15,000 patient exposures to lasmiditan in the entire clinical program.
Migraine is the leading cause of disability among neurological disorders in the United States according to the American Migraine Foundation. An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from migraine. Migraine can be extremely disabling and costly, accounting for more than an estimated $20 billion in direct (e.g., doctor visits, medications) and indirect (e.g., missed work, lost productivity) expenses each year in the United States.
About CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CoLucid was founded in 2005 and is developing lasmiditan oral tablets for the acute treatment of migraine headaches in adults and intravenous lasmiditan for the acute treatment of headache pain associated with migraine in adults in emergency room and other urgent care settings.
Certain of the statements made in this press release are forward looking, such as those, among others, relating to CoLucid’s expectations for lasmiditan’s efficacy, clinical trial enrollment goals and the timing of future clinical trials. Actual enrollment results, use of cash and other developments may occur that differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference include risks that enrollment goals will not be met, trials may not be commenced or successful or may take longer to complete than anticipated, and projected cash needs and expected financial results may be different. More information about the risks and uncertainties faced by CoLucid are contained in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CoLucid disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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