Apricus Biosciences Receives Complete Response Letter from FDA for Vitaros™

Company Evaluating Deficiencies and Potential Path Forward

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA I February 16, 2018 I Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:APRI), a biopharmaceutical company advancing innovative medicines in urology and rheumatology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has issued a complete response letter (“CRL”) for the New Drug Application (“NDA”) of Vitaros™ (alprostadil, DDAIP.HCl), a topical cream for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. 

The CRL indicates that the FDA cannot approve the NDA for Vitaros in its present form, identifying deficiencies related to Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (“CMC”) and certain safety concerns specific to the 2.5% concentration of DDAIP.HCl contained in the current formulation.

“We are disappointed with the outcome of the review given the substantial amount of CMC, clinical and non-clinical data and analysis provided to the FDA in the Vitaros resubmission. We are assessing the content of the complete response letter with our regulatory experts, including the information that may be needed to resolve the deficiencies and the time it would take to obtain such information with the goal of providing the market an update on our assessment in early March of this year,” stated Richard W. Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer.  

About Apricus Biosciences, Inc.

Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (APRI) is a biopharmaceutical company advancing innovative medicines in urology and rheumatology. Apricus has two product candidates: Vitaros, a product candidate in the United States for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, which is in-licensed from Warner Chilcott Company, Inc., now a subsidiary of Allergan plc (Allergan); and RayVa, a product candidate which has completed a Phase 2a clinical trial for the treatment of the circulatory disorder Raynaud’s phenomenon, secondary to scleroderma, for which Apricus owns worldwide rights.

SOURCE: Apricus Biosciences

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