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MIAMI, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veru Inc. (NASDAQ: VERU), an oncology and urology biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has completed a Pre-Investigational New Drug Application (pre-IND) meeting for VERU-111 in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed with Veru’s plans for a Phase 1/2 clinical trial and that an IND may be submitted for the indication of men who have metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer and who have also become resistant to, or who have failed to respond to, ZYTIGA® (abiraterone) or XTANDI® (enzalutamide).
“We had a successful pre-IND meeting with the FDA and anticipate submitting the IND and then initiating an open label Phase 1/2 clinical trial by the end of the year,” said Dr. Mitchell Steiner, Chairman, President, and CEO of Veru Inc. “An open label study means that every patient will receive VERU-111 and so we expect to have an early assessment of safety and efficacy by the early part of 2019. We plan to work closely with Johns Hopkins University and other highly regarded clinical sites to conduct this study.”
VERU-111 is a novel, next generation oral anti-tubulin therapy that targets alpha and beta tubulin subunits of microtubules. In animal models, VERU-111 as an oral anti-tubulin, demonstrated significant anti-tumor activity in models of metastatic, castration and novel androgen blocking agent (abiraterone or enzalutamide) resistant prostate cancer. In the preclinical toxicology studies which comprise the IND package, there was no observed neutropenia or myelosuppression. These are common dose limiting side effects of other anti-tubulins like IV taxanes or IV vinca alkaloids. Also, VERU-111 had anti-tumor effects in preclinical models for triple negative breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
About Veru Inc.
Veru Inc. is an oncology and urology biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines for prostate cancer and prostate cancer supportive care as well as near term specialty pharmaceuticals to address significant unmet needs in urology.
The Veru prostate cancer pipeline includes zuclomiphene citrate (aka VERU-944, cis-clomiphene) and VERU-111 (bisindole). Zuclomiphene citrate is an estrogen receptor agonist being evaluated in a Phase 2 trial to treat hot flashes, a common side effect caused by hormone treatment for men who have advanced prostate cancer. VERU-111 is an oral, next-generation, first-in-class, antitubulin agent targeting alpha and beta tubulin of microtubules to treat castration and novel androgen blocking agent (abiraterone or enzalutamide) resistant metastatic prostate cancer that Veru expects to enter Phase 1/2 development in late 2018.
Veru is advancing four new drug formulations in its specialty pharmaceutical pipeline addressing unmet medical needs in urology. Tamsulosin DRS granules and XR capsules are formulations of a super selective alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonist for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) without a food effect, allowing for potentially safer administration and improved drug compliance (NDA submission expected in 2019). Tadalafil/finasteride combination tablets are for inhibition of both phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) and 5-alpha-reductase to shrink an enlarged prostate, treat symptoms of BPH and treat erectile dysfunction (NDA submission expected in 2019). Solifenacin DRG slow release granules are a formulation of a selective M3 muscarinic receptor antagonist for the treatment of overactive bladder in patients who have difficulty with swallowing tablets (NDA submission expected in 2019).
Marketed products include the PREBOOST® medicated wipe for the prevention of premature ejaculation and the FC2 Female Condom®. The Female Health Company Division markets the FC2 Female Condom® in the global public health sector to improve the lives, health and well-being of women around the world. To learn more please visit www.verupharma.com.
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