Journey Medical Corporation Announces 50% Enrollment Milestone Achieved in Phase 3 Clinical Trials Evaluating DFD-29 (Minocycline Modified Release Capsules 40 mg) for the Treatment of Papulopustular Rosacea
Topline data expected in the first half of 2023
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Journey Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: DERM) (“Journey Medical”), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of dermatological conditions, today announced that it has enrolled and randomized over 50 percent of the patients in its Phase 3 clinical program to assess the safety, efficacy and tolerability of DFD-29 (Minocycline Modified Release Capsules 40 mg) for the treatment of papulopustular rosacea. The Phase 3 clinical trials are part of a collaboration with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. for the ongoing development and commercialization of the DFD-29 program.
Claude Maraoui, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Journey Medical, stated, “We are very pleased to have enrolled over 50 percent of the patients in our DFD-29 Phase 3 clinical program, an important milestone for Journey Medical. In a Phase 2 multicenter clinical trial, DFD-29 achieved nearly double the efficacy compared to doxycycline capsules 40 mg on reducing total inflammatory lesions and Investigator’s Global Assessment (“IGA”) treatment success. As such, data to date suggests the potential of DFD-29 as a more effective treatment option that we hope to provide for the millions of patients worldwide who suffer with rosacea. We look forward to announcing topline data in the first half of 2023, with a New Drug Application (“NDA”) filing subsequently expected in the second half of 2023. After approval, we anticipate DFD-29 achieving peak annual net sales in excess of $100 million.”
The DFD-29 Phase 3 clinical program consists of two multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, active-comparator and placebo-controlled clinical trials, MVOR-01 and MVOR-02 (Minocycline versus Oracea® in Rosacea), that we expect to support an NDA submission in the United States and potentially a Marketing Authorization Application in Europe. Over 50 percent of the combined enrollment target of 640 total adult patients with moderate to severe papulopustular rosacea (“PPR”) have been enrolled in the trials; one trial is enrolling patients in the United States, and the other is enrolling patients in both the United States and Europe. The MVOR-01 and MVOR-02 clinical trials are randomized in a 3:3:2 ratio to DFD-29 (Minocycline Hydrochloride Modified Release Capsules, 40 mg), Oracea® (Doxycycline capsules 40 mg) or placebo once daily for 16 weeks. The primary objective is to evaluate the safety, efficacy and tolerability of DFD-29 compared to placebo for the treatment of PPR. The secondary objective is to evaluate the safety, efficacy and tolerability of DFD-29 compared to Oracea® (Doxycycline capsules 40 mg). To date, no major safety issues have been reported, and no drug-related serious adverse events have been observed.
Data published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology determined DFD-29 40 mg demonstrated significantly greater efficacy than doxycycline 40 mg, placebo and DFD-29 20 mg for the treatment of PPR in a Phase 2 clinical study. DFD-29 40 mg demonstrated statistical significance compared to both placebo and doxycycline 40 mg on both co-primary endpoints—proportion of subjects with IGA treatment success (grade 0 or 1 with at least a two-grade reduction from baseline at week 16) and total inflammatory lesion count reduction from baseline to week 16.
Rosacea is a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory skin condition that most commonly presents with symptoms such as deep facial redness, acne-like inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) and spider veins (telangiectasia). According to The National Rosacea Society, it is estimated that rosacea affects well over 16 million Americans and as many as 415 million worldwide. Rosacea is most frequently seen in adults between 30 and 50 years of age. Surveys conducted by The National Rosacea Society report more than 90 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and 51 percent said they had missed work because of their condition.
Oraycea® and Oracea® are registered trademarks of Galderma Holdings, S.A.
About Journey Medical Corporation
Journey Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: DERM) (“Journey Medical”) is focused on identifying, acquiring, developing and strategically commercializing innovative, differentiated dermatology products through its efficient sales and marketing model. The company currently markets nine branded and three authorized generic products that help treat and heal common skin conditions. The Journey Medical team comprises industry experts with extensive experience in developing and commercializing some of dermatology’s most successful prescription brands. Journey Medical is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBIO). Journey Medical’s common stock is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and it files periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). For additional information about Journey Medical, visit www.journeymedicalcorp.com.
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Released August 30, 2022