NRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (Nasdaq : NRXP, NRx Pharmaceuticals), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical firm, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration denied the Breakthrough Therapy designation (BTD). The FDA denied ZYESAMI (r) (aviptadil). It emphasized the company’s NRX101 BTD compound for Bipolar Disorder associated with Suicidality and its NRX-101 BTD drug. Based on the positive findings of a subgroup analysis of patients treated with Aviptadil and placebo, and who had respiratory failure due to Critical COVID-19, the request for BTD was made.
“While we are disappointed by FDA’s decision, it was announced that our strategic focus has shifted to the advancement and designation of NRX-101 as Breakthrough Therapy. Topline data from our ongoing Phase II trial of NRX101 in bipolar depression and sub-acute suicide ideation (SSIB), should be available by the end this year. COVID-19 has unfortunately also led to a mental health crisis. This includes suicide attempts and depression. Robert Besthof, interim CEO at NRx Pharmaceuticals, stated that our commitment to patients with high unmet medical needs is still the heart of our work.
“ZYESAMI’s mechanism, well-characterized safety profile and the well-known safety profile of ZYESAMI, NRx Pharmaceuticals will continue to evaluate options for its use in high unmet pulmonary and other non-pulmonary indications.”
About NRx Pharmaceuticals
NRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“NRx Pharmaceuticals” or the “Company”) draws upon decades of collective, scientific, and drug-development experience to address very high unmet needs of patients and bring improved health to patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has additionally granted Breakthrough Therapy designation, a Special Protocol Agreement, and a Biomarker Letter of Support for NRX-101, an investigational medicine for the treatment of severe bipolar depression in patients with acute suicidal ideation and behavior (ASIB) after initial stabilization with ketamine or other effective therapy. NRx Pharmaceuticals is led by executives who have held leadership roles at Lilly, Pfizer, and Novartis as well as major investment banking institutions.
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