DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, ocular surface diseases and retinal diseases, today reported positive topline results for the Company’s Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating AR-1105 (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) in patients with macular edema associated with retinal vein occlusion.
AR-1105 Phase 2 Highlights
- The Phase 2 clinical trial (AR-1105-CS201) was conducted at 19 centers in the United States. A total of 49 patients completed the study.
- The objective of the Phase 2 clinical trial was to evaluate two formulations of AR-1105, clinical formulation #1 (CF-1) and clinical formulation #2 (CF-2) with different steroid release profiles. The clinical trial was conducted in two stages. In the initial safety stage, five patients were enrolled in a single cohort to receive CF-1, delivering a 340µg dose of dexamethasone in a single intravitreal injection. In stage 2, 44 patients were randomized 1:1 to receive either CF-1 or CF-2.
- The results demonstrated positive and sustained treatment effects with both formulations as shown by increases in best corrected visual acuity and reductions in macular edema. Peak efficacy was observed earlier with CF-1, while CF-2 demonstrated a longer overall duration of effect of up to six months.
- Both formulations, CF-1 and CF-2, were well tolerated with no unexpected safety findings.
- Adverse events were consistent with other corticosteroid treatments and intravitreal injection procedures.
- Further details will be provided at an upcoming ophthalmology conference.
“The results of this study are very exciting. The formulation of AR-1105 appears to indicate that this therapy candidate may have the potential to deliver a long-acting treatment for patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion,” said Michael Singer, M.D., Director of Clinical Research at Medical Center Ophthalmology Associates and Clinical Professors of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
“We are very pleased with the AR-1105 clinical trial results, our first successful clinical trial from our retina program. The profiles of the different cohorts demonstrate the flexibility of our PRINT® sustained release technology platform in enhancing the management and durability of treatment effects. This product candidate would be a welcome addition to currently available steroid treatments with its potential for five to six months of sustained efficacy. Additionally, achieving up to six months of sustained efficacy is an important hurdle for Aerie as it would help validate the broad potential of our sustained release technology,” said Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Aerie. “As we have previously stated, we do not plan to initiate any new clinical trials for this product candidate until the second half of 2021, after we have seen the results of our other clinical trial programs, including our AR-13503 sustained release implant for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema, and AR-15512 for dry eye. In the interim, we plan to discuss the results with retina specialists as well as the regulatory agencies in both the United States and the European Union to determine the optimal path forward for AR-1105.”
The product candidate AR-1105 is a bio-erodible implant that, if approved, is designed to steadily release the steroid dexamethasone over a six-month period. It is administered by intravitreal injection, a commonly used, in-office treatment method. In addition to its duration of effect, AR-1105 offers the potential for a favorable safety profile based on peak drug levels. The market for retinal disease therapeutics totals nearly $7 billion in the United States and $4 billion in Europe.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, ocular surface diseases and retinal diseases. Aerie’s first product, Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eye drop approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, was launched in the United States in April 2018. In clinical trials of Rhopressa®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rhopressa®, including the product label, is available at www.rhopressa.com. Aerie’s second product for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, Rocklatan® (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, the first and only fixed-dose combination of Rhopressa® and the widely-prescribed PGA (prostaglandin analog) latanoprost, was launched in the United States in May 2019. In clinical trials of Rocklatan®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rocklatan®, including the product label, is available at www.rocklatan.com. Aerie continues to focus on global expansion and the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology, including for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. More information is available at www.aeriepharma.com.
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In particular, the topline data presented herein is preliminary and based solely on information available to us as of the date of this press release and additional information about the results may be disclosed at any time. Additionally, FDA approval of Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® and EMA approval of Rhokiinsa® do not constitute regulatory approval of Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® in other jurisdictions, including EMA approval of Roclanda®, and there can be no assurance that we will receive regulatory approval for Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® in such other jurisdictions, including EMA approval of Roclanda®. In addition, FDA approval of Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® do not constitute FDA approval of our current or any future product candidates, and there can be no assurance that we will receive FDA approval for our current or any future product candidates. 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