On the heels of American Academy of Neurology data release showing Epidiolex® (cannabidiol or CBD) decreased the number of seizures by 54% in patients with severe forms of epilepsy, GW Pharmaceuticals announced on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, that they’ve initiated second Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of Dravet syndrome.
GW Pharmaceuticals CEO Justin Gover stated:
“The start of our second pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for Epidiolex in the treatment of Dravet syndrome marks another key milestone in our plan to submit a New Drug Application for Epidiolex to the FDA in mid-2016”
“Therapeutic options for patients with Dravet syndrome are limited and GW is committed to bringing Epidiolex to the market as quickly as possible and to offering a new option to address this significant unmet need.”
The official press release from GW Pharmaceuticals is included below:
GW Pharmaceuticals Initiates Second Phase 3 Pivotal Trial for Epidiolex in Dravet Syndrome
April 21, 2015 07:00 ET | Source: GW Pharmaceuticals plc
LONDON, April 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq:GWPH) (AIM:GWP) (“GW,” “the Company” or “the Group”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, announced today that it has initiated the second Phase 3 clinical trial of Epidiolex® (cannabidiol or CBD) for the treatment of Dravet syndrome, a rare and catastrophic treatment-resistant form of childhood epilepsy. This follows GW’s recent announcement of the commencement of the first Phase 3 clinical trial of Epidiolex in Dravet syndrome. GW expects to complete patient recruitment into this second trial in 2015 and to report top-line results in early 2016.
“The start of our second pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for Epidiolex in the treatment of Dravet syndrome marks another key milestone in our plan to submit a New Drug Application for Epidiolex to the FDA in mid-2016,” stated Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer. “Therapeutic options for patients with Dravet syndrome are limited and GW is committed to bringing Epidiolex to the market as quickly as possible and to offering a new option to address this significant unmet need.”
The Phase 3 trial is a 14-week comparison of Epidiolex versus placebo in a total of 150 patients to assess the safety and efficacy as an adjunctive antiepileptic treatment. This Phase 3 trial will have three treatment arms of equal patient numbers; 20mg/kg of Epidiolex, 10mg/kg of Epidiolex, and placebo. The primary measure of this trial will be the percentage change from baseline in convulsive seizure frequency during the maintenance period of the study in patients taking Epidiolex versus placebo. Several additional efficacy and safety secondary outcome measures will be analysed. Following their participation in the study, all patients are eligible to receive Epidiolex under a long term open label extension study.
GW also expects to commence two Phase 3 clinical trials in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in the second quarter of 2015.
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About GW Pharmaceuticals plc
Founded in 1998, GW is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform in a broad range of disease areas. GW commercialized the world’s first plant-derived cannabinoid prescription drug, Sativex®, which is approved for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis in 27 countries outside the United States. GW is advancing an orphan drug program in the field of childhood epilepsy with a focus on Epidiolex®, which is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and which is also expected to enter Phase 3 clinical trials in the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. GW has a deep pipeline of additional cannabinoid product candidates which includes Sativex in Phase 3 clinical development as a potential treatment of pain associated with advanced cancer, as well as compounds in Phase 1 and 2 trials for glioma, ulcerative colitis, type 2 diabetes, and schizophrenia. For further information, please visit www.gwpharm.com.
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