Top-Line Results Expected in February
CRANBURY, N.J., Feb. 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE American: PTN), a biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class medicines based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin receptor system, today announced database lock for its PL9643 MELODY-1 pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of PL9643 versus vehicle in the treatment of dry eye disease (DED).
MELODY-1 has two co-primary efficacy endpoints: one clinical sign of DED and one clinical symptom of DED. If one or both co-primary end points are met, the study will be deemed a success and the secondary end points will be evaluated using a hierarchical testing strategy.
“We are excited by the database lock and that data analysis by the independent statisticians has commenced. We look forward to reporting top-line results from the PL9643 MELODY-1 pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial later in February,” said Carl Spana, Ph.D., President and CEO of Palatin. “I want to thank our clinical team, our study sites and our independent service firms for their dedication and collaborative efforts.”
The pivotal Phase 3 MELODY-1 trial is a multi-center, randomized, double–masked and vehicle–controlled study, that enrolled 575 patients at sites in the U.S. The trial evaluated the safety and efficacy of the melanocortin agonist, PL9643 ophthalmic solution, compared to vehicle in patients with moderate-to-severe DED, for multiple sign and symptom endpoints, after treatment for 12 weeks. The study design was based on positive Phase 2 results of PL9643 for the treatment of DED, and an end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA on key elements of the pivotal Phase 3 clinical program.
The remainder of the Phase 3 program, which includes the Phase 3 safety and efficacy study MELODY-2 and the open label MELODY-3 study are anticipated to commence patient enrollment in the second half of calendar year 2024.
About Dry Eye Disease (DED)
Dry eye disease is a common inflammatory disease that, left untreated, can become extremely painful and lead to permanent damage to the cornea and vision. DED affects the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye resulting in irritation, redness, pain, and blurred vision. It is estimated to affect over 20 million people in the United States. The disease is characterized by insufficient moisture and lubrication in the anterior surface of the eye, leading to dryness, inflammation, pain, discomfort, irritation, diminished quality of life, and in severe cases, permanent vision impairment. Existing therapy for DED is generally regarded as inadequate by many physicians and patients, and often requires weeks or months to demonstrate activity.
About Melanocortin Receptor Agonists and Inflammation
The melanocortin receptor (“MCr”) system has effects on inflammation, immune system responses, metabolism, food intake, and sexual function. There are five melanocortin receptors, MCR1 through MCR5. Modulation of these receptors, through use of receptor-specific agonists, which activate receptor function, or receptor-specific antagonists, which block receptor function, can have medically significant pharmacological effects.
Many tissues and immune cells located in the eye (and other places, for example the gut and kidney) express melanocortin receptors, empowering our opportunity to directly activate natural pathways to resolve disease inflammation.
Palatin is a biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class medicines based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin receptor systems, with targeted, receptor-specific product candidates for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical need and commercial potential. Palatin’s strategy is to develop products and then form marketing collaborations with industry leaders to maximize their commercial potential. To learn more about Palatin, please visit us on www.Palatin.com and follow us on Twitter at @PalatinTech.
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