DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alkermes plc (NASDAQ: ALKS) today announced topline results from a phase 1 clinical study of ALKS 7106, a new molecule intended for the treatment of pain. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of single escalating doses of ALKS 7106 in 64 healthy adults. Data from the study showed that ALKS 7106 did not meet the company’s pre-specified criteria for advancing into phase 2 clinical trials. Based on this evaluation, Alkermes will not pursue further development of ALKS 7106. The company will continue its efforts in developing novel compounds for the treatment of pain with intrinsically low potential for overdose toxicity and abuse, and it will now concentrate its efforts on the development of back-up compounds.
“The development of new medicines for the treatment of pain with differentiated profiles from conventional pain medicines is a dedicated focus area for Alkermes, as we leverage our deep understanding of opioid chemistry and pharmacology to enable the modulation of key brain receptors. ALKS 7106 does not have the properties necessary to warrant testing of our pharmacologic hypothesis in further studies in patients with pain, so we will shift our efforts to the identification and development of other pain candidates from our R&D initiatives,” said Dr. Elliot Ehrich, Chief Medical Officer of Alkermes. “Our decision with ALKS 7106 exemplifies Alkermes’ approach to drug development in which we conduct highly informative studies and set pre-specified criteria that drive our disciplined decisions for whether to proceed or halt investment in candidates early in the development process.”
Alkermes plc is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company that applies its scientific expertise and proprietary technologies to develop innovative medicines that improve patient outcomes. The company has a diversified portfolio of more than 20 commercial drug products and a substantial clinical pipeline of product candidates that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders such as addiction, schizophrenia, depression and multiple sclerosis. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and manufacturing facilities in Gainesville, Georgia and Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes’ website at www.alkermes.com.
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