Transcept Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Acceptance for Review of New Drug Application for Intermezzo(R)
FDA to review Intermezzo(R) (zolpidem tartrate sublingual lozenge) as the first sleep aid specifically designed for the treatment of middle-of-the-night awakenings
The Intermezzo(R) NDA follows the successful completion of two Phase 3 clinical trials. The first Intermezzo(R) Phase 3 trial was a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover sleep laboratory study of 82 patients, which Transcept believes to be among the largest reported sleep laboratory studies of its type. Results from the study demonstrated that the Intermezzo(R) 1.75 mg and 3.5 mg doses, when used at the time of a middle of the night awakening, significantly shortened the time for patients to return to sleep as compared to placebo, with no evidence of next day residual sedative effects with either dose. Further, when patients used the 3.5 mg dose, the study also indicated statistically significant improvements in total sleep time, sleep efficiency, subjective number of post-dose awakenings, sleep quality, level of refreshed sleep, and next day ability to function. Transcept believes that these are the lowest zolpidem doses that have been reported to be statistically superior to placebo in producing sleep.
The second Phase 3 clinical trial was a double-blind, placebo-controlled outpatient study in which 294 patients used either Intermezzo(R) 3.5 mg or placebo at home, at the time they awakened in the middle of the night and had difficulty returning to sleep. This Phase 3 clinical trial also met its primary endpoint of significantly reducing the time required for the patient to return to sleep versus placebo. After dosing and returning to sleep, patients in the outpatient study who were randomized to Intermezzo(R) also reported fewer subsequent awakenings and less time awake during the remainder of the night. There was no evidence of next day residual sedative effects after middle of the night use of Intermezzo(R) versus placebo.
About Transcept Pharmaceuticals
Transcept Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address important therapeutic needs in the fields of psychiatry and sleep medicine. The lead Transcept product candidate, Intermezzo(R), is a sublingual low dose formulation of zolpidem that has been developed for use as-needed for the treatment of insomnia when a middle of the night awakening is followed by difficulty returning to sleep. Intermezzo(R) Phase 3 clinical trials have been completed and, on
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