The RPRX dataset bait & switch continues
with yet another
PR that directly contradicts the prior PR’s. (Still, iwfal says there
must be a benign explanation for all this because he’s sure this
company is not a scam.) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Repros-Therapeutics-Inc-bw-1930651958.html?x=0&.v=1
›Repros Therapeutics Inc. Suspends Dosing of Proellex® and Provides Update on Financial Status
Monday August 3, 2009, 6:00 am EDT
THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Repros Therapeutics (NasdaqGM: RPRX ) announced today that, in the interest of patient safety, it is voluntarily suspending dosing of all patients in its clinical trials of Proellex [LMAO re the characterization of this as “voluntary”]
. This decision is based on available information regarding the occurrence of clinically significant increases in liver enzymes with 50 mg and 25 mg doses of Proellex
, coupled with recent input from a consulting panel of liver experts. The Company submitted a meeting request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 30, 2009 and in response, FDA has proposed to change the topic of the previously scheduled End of Phase II meeting for endometriosis in late September into a discussion about the safety of Proellex and overall direction and scope of the program.
Suspension of Clinical Trials The suspension of dosing will involve all ongoing clinical trials with Proellex for the treatment of chronic symptomatic uterine fibroids, anemia associated with this condition, and endometriosis.
All of the patients in these trials were receiving a dose of 25 mg per day. Previously, Repros informed the clinical research organizations (CROs) running the clinical trials to switch all patients who had been receiving 50 mg per day in the ongoing clinical trials to the 25 mg dose. The 12.5 mg dose had been previously studied in earlier Phase II uterine fibroid and endometriosis trials, but no patients were receiving 12.5 mg per day in any trial at the time dosing was discontinued.
Elevation of Liver Enzymes
The data presented below has been acquired from unlocked, unaudited clinical trial databases which are being updated as new information becomes available from patients treated with Proellex or Placebo, and from recent lab tests.
As of July 27, 2009, the following estimates existed:
* More than 600 patients participated in double blind and open label clinical trials with exposure to Placebo, or various doses of Proellex for more than 1 month.
* Of these, approximately 500 received Proellex (approximately 190 had received a dose of 50 mg per day; approximately 260 received a dose of 25 mg per day; 55 received a dose of 12.5 mg per day) and approximately 130 received Placebo.
* Thirteen (13) subjects had an increase in liver enzymes greater than three times the upper limit of normal (>3xULN) [it was not previously disclosed that this number was >9, but it was obvious to those who read between the lines]
, all on Proellex, but in only 9 subjects was the increase in liver enzymes of >3xULN confirmed by a repeat test in 48 hours as recommended in FDA’s Guidance*. Each of these subjects either has been or is being followed closely with frequent monitoring of liver enzyme levels until the measurements return to baseline or normal or a decision is made by a consulting liver specialist that additional treatment is advisable.
* Of the 9 subjects with a confirmed increase in liver enzymes of >3xULN, 5 still had elevated enzymes as of July 27, 2009. These 5 patients had previously been dosed with the 50 mg dose
. One of the 5 subjects was referred to a liver specialty clinic and was put on oral medication for treatment of her liver condition on July 26th. The Company was notified of this change in status on July 28th.
* Of the 9 subjects who had an increase in liver enzymes of >3xULN, 7 were severe enough elevations to be reported to the FDA as Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) (1 at a dose of 25 mg per day [another consequential detail that was deliberately omitted from prior PR’s]
; 6 at a dose of 50 mg per day).
Financial Situation Repros also announced that it is considering various financing alternatives to address its immediate short term liquidity needs. No assurance can be given that the Company will be successful in obtaining financing on acceptable terms or at all [no kidding]
. The Company anticipates that if it is able to secure financing, that such financing will result in significant dilution of the ownership interests of its current stockholders [duh]
and may provide certain rights to the new investors senior to the rights of its current stockholders, including but not limited to voting rights and rights to proceeds in the event of a sale or liquidation of the Company. In the event that the Company is unable to obtain adequate financing to meet its immediate short term liquidity needs, it will pursue other options, including but not limited to, reductions of expenses, sale of the Company, sale or license of a portion or all of its assets, a bankruptcy filing or the liquidation of the Company [these are the most likely options, IMO]