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May 22, 2014
08:20 EDTRDHLRedHill Biopharma announces FDA clearance for Phase III study with RHB-102
RedHill Biopharma announced that the FDA has allowed the initiation of the company's planned Phase III clinical study for the treatment of a new, undisclosed indication with RHB-102, an extended release oral pill formulation of the antiemetic drug ondansetron. RedHill plans to begin enrolling patients for the Phase III study during Q3. The double-blind placebo-controlled Phase III study is planned to be conducted in eight clinical sites in the U.S. and will include 320 subjects. Based on prior discussions with the FDA and the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA, the study is intended to support potential future submissions of marketing applications for a new undisclosed indication in both the U.S. and Europe. RedHill estimates that, if the Phase III clinical study is successful and the marketing applications are filed and approved by the FDA and the MHRA, the new indication would significantly expand the potential market for RHB-102. In parallel to pursuing the new undisclosed indication, RedHill is pursuing marketing approval of RHB-102 for the indications of chemotherapy and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in Europe and the U.S.
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January 29, 2015
07:19 EDTRDHLRedHill provides update on RHB-104 Phase III program following FDA meeting
RedHill Biopharma provided an update on the progress with the ongoing RHB-104 Phase III development program for the treatment of Crohn's disease. The company, together with Quest Diagnostics, recently concluded a pre-submission meeting with the FDA regarding the development path of a commercial companion diagnostic test for the detection of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, or MAP, in Crohn's disease patients. Following the constructive FDA meeting, RedHill intends to initiate a study of approximately 40 Crohn's disease patients to assess the clinical utility of the companion diagnostic test during Q2 or Q3. RedHill is collaborating with Quest Diagnostics for the development of the potential companion diagnostic test, which is an extension of RedHill's development program for the Company's Crohn's disease drug, RHB-104, currently undergoing a first Phase III study. RHB-104 is a proprietary and potentially groundbreaking antibiotic combination therapy in oral capsule formulation, with potent intracellular, antimycobacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The development of RHB-104 and the MAP companion diagnostic test is based on increasing evidence supporting the hypothesis that Crohn's disease is caused by MAP infection in susceptible patients. RedHill previously announced that it acquired the rights to patented technologies from the University of Minnesota and the University of Central Florida to support the development of this diagnostic test. There is currently no validated, FDA-approved, commercially available method of detecting the presence or absence of MAP in patients suffering from Crohn's disease and other diseases. RedHill further announced that a protocol amendment has been filed with the FDA to the approved IND in relation to the ongoing Phase III MAP US study with RHB-104 for the treatment of Crohn's disease. As part of the amendment, the number of subjects planned to be enrolled in the study has been increased from 240 to 270 in order to account for potential drop-outs from the study. Additionally, the amendment allows for the inclusion of Crohn's disease patients with moderate to severe disease despite current treatment with anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor therapies infliximab and adalimumab. The inclusion of these concomitant medications significantly increases the number of Crohn's disease patients potentially eligible to enroll in the ongoing Phase III MAP US study. With 66 clinical sites actively enrolling patients, RedHill also plans to increase the number of clinical sites in the Phase III MAP US study, currently ongoing in the U.S., Canada and Israel, from 100 to 120, including new sites in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

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