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Mar 27, 2018

RedHill Biopharma Announces Two Oral Presentations on BEKINDA® 24 mg for acute gastroenteritis at the SAEM 2018 Annual Meeting

TEL-AVIV, Israel and RALEIGH, N.C., March 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange:RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on late clinical-stage development and commercialization of proprietary drugs for gastrointestinal diseases and cancer, today announced that two abstracts1 related to the successful Phase III study with BEKINDA® (RHB-102)2 24 mg for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis (the GUARD study) have been accepted for oral presentations at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) 2018 Annual Meeting, May 16-17, 2018, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III GUARD study with BEKINDA® 24 mg successfully met its primary endpoint of efficacy in the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis, and BEKINDA® 24 mg was found to be safe and well tolerated in this indication3. If approved for marketing by the FDA, BEKINDA® 24 mg could become the first 5-HT3 antiemetic drug in the U.S. indicated for the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis.         

The first presentation, entitled ‘Treatment of Acute Gastroenteritis-Related Emesis with Bimodal Release Ondansetron (RHB-102)’, will be presented by Robert Silverman, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; Northwell Health, and Lead Investigator of the BEKINDA® Phase III GUARD study, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 3:00 PM EDT. The abstract concludes that the Phase III GUARD study is the first study of acute gastroenteritis-related emesis showing benefit from any ondansetron preparation in adolescents and adults and suggests that acute gastroenteritis can be treated with a long-acting, bimodal release tablet, potentially avoiding the need for intravenous access.   

The second presentation, entitled ‘A 24 mg bimodal-release ondansetron pill (RHB-102) shows no evidence of QT interval prolongation’, will be presented by Joseph Miller, MD, MS, Associate Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital and Investigator of the BEKINDA® Phase III GUARD study, on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 9:00 AM EDT. The abstract concludes that in patients with normal baseline corrected QT interval (QTc), 24 mg bimodal extended-release ondansetron caused no QTc prolongation in comparison to placebo.          

About BEKINDA® (RHB-102):     
BEKINDA® is a proprietary, bimodal extended-release (24 hours) oral pill formulation of ondansetron, covered by several issued and pending patents and targets several gastrointestinal indications. A first Phase III clinical study with BEKINDA® 24 mg for the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis (the GUARD study) successfully met its primary endpoint. A Phase II study with BEKINDA® 12 mg for the treatment of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) successfully met its primary endpoint.

About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.:     
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDHL) (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange: RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company, primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and cancer. RedHill commercializes and promotes three gastrointestinal products in the U.S.: Donnatal®- a prescription oral adjunctive drug used in the treatment of IBS and acute enterocolitis; Esomeprazole Strontium Delayed-Release Capsules 49.3 mg - a prescription proton pump inhibitor indicated for adults for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other gastrointestinal conditions; and EnteraGam®- a medical food intended for the dietary management, under medical supervision, of chronic diarrhea and loose stools. RedHill’s key clinical-stage development programs include: (i) TALICIA® (RHB-105) for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection with an ongoing confirmatory Phase III study and positive results from a first Phase III study; (ii) RHB-104 with an ongoing first Phase III study for Crohn's disease and a planned pivotal Phase III study for nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections; (iii) BEKINDA® (RHB-102) with positive results from a Phase III study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and positive results from a Phase II study for IBS-D; (iv) YELIVA® (ABC294640), a first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor, targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications, with an ongoing Phase IIa study for cholangiocarcinoma; (v) RHB-106, an encapsulated bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. and (vi) RHB-107 (formerly MESUPRON), a Phase II-stage first-in-class, serine protease inhibitor, targeting cancer and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases. More information about the Company is available at: www.redhillbio.com.

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Company contact:
Adi Frish
Senior VP Business Development & Licensing
RedHill Biopharma
+972-54-6543-112
adi@redhillbio.com
 

 

1 The abstracts were authored by Stacey House, MD, PhD from Washington University in St. Louis; Joseph Miller, MD, MS from Henry Ford Hospital / Wayne State University; Luis Lovato, MD from Olive-View-UCLA Medical Center; Andrew Meltzer, MD, MS from George Washington University; Robert Silverman, MD, MS, Barry Hahn, MD and Jahn Avarello, MD from Northwell Health, and Ira Kalfus, MD, Reza Fathi, PhD, Gilead Raday, MSc and Terry Plasse, MD from RedHill Biopharma Ltd.

2 BEKINDA® (RHB-102) is an investigational new drug, not available for commercial distribution.

3 Please click here for the full Phase III GUARD study results.

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