IntelGenx Announces Addition of Ottawa Montelukast VersaFilm® Phase 2a Clinical Trial Site
First Patient in Study Completes 26-Week Treatment
SAINT LAURENT, Quebec, June 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IntelGenx Corp. (TSX-V:IGX) (OTCQX:IGXT) (“IntelGenx”), leader in pharmaceutical films, today announced that it has added a new Ottawa site in the Montelukast VersaFilm® Phase 2a (“BUENA”) clinical trial in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease (“AD”).
BUENA is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2a “proof of concept” study designed to assess Montelukast VersaFilm® in approximately 70 patients with mild to moderate AD. BUENA will evaluate the safety, feasibility, tolerability, and efficacy of Montelukast buccal film following daily dosing for 26 weeks. To date, the BUENA study has enrolled 23 subjects and completed 26-week treatment for its first subject.
“We are very happy to welcome the trial site in Ottawa,” said Dr. Horst G. Zerbe, CEO of IntelGenx. “While we are not able to identify it until final Research Ethics Board approval is obtained, we are looking forward to patient recruitment starting at this site in the near future.”
About Montelukast VersaFilm®:
Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997 for the treatment of asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis. IntelGenx is working to repurpose Montelukast as a therapeutic to treat neurodegenerative diseases by re-formulating the drug into an oral film-based product. IntelGenx's proprietary VersaFilm® technology is especially suited for special needs patient populations, and the Montelukast VersaFilm® product offers many distinct advantages over tablets for Alzheimer’s Disease patients, including the avoidance and minimization of first-pass-effects, ease of administration, improved API bioavailability, lower dosing and toxicity, better acceptability and improved compliance.
In a recent Phase 1 study, IntelGenx demonstrated that an oral film formulation of Montelukast is safe and tolerable in healthy subjects, reduces the first-pass-effect and has a 52% higher bioavailability compared to the regular Montelukast tablet, demonstrating a clear advantage of delivering Montelukast via film. IntelGenx's oral film also crossed the blood-brain barrier, an essential feature for treating degenerative brain diseases.
IntelGenx is a leading drug delivery company focused on the development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical films.
IntelGenx’s superior film technologies, including VersaFilm®, VetaFilm™ and transdermal, allow for next generation pharmaceutical products that address unmet medical needs. IntelGenx’s innovative product pipeline offer significant benefits to patients and physicians for many therapeutic conditions.
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