SAN JOSE, CA, USA I August 22, 2017 I Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc. (Teikoku Pharma) today announced positive topline results from its Phase 2 proof of concept study of TPU-006, a 3-day dexmedetomidine transdermal patch, a novel drug delivery system with a non-opioid active moiety for the management of post-surgical pain. The preliminary results demonstrate that the patch provides effective pain control across several parameters and produced no unexpected safety events in a postoperative setting. 

The double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-dose study evaluated the analgesic efficacy and safety of TPU-006 after bunionectomy surgery. A total of 87 patients had patches applied (either active or placebo).

Treatment with TPU-006 showed statistically significant key findings for lower pain scores and reduced use of opioid rescue medication compared with placebo, over the course of the study. TPU-006 was well tolerated, with no unexpected serious adverse events, minimal to no application site skin irritation, or drowsiness. Patients treated with TPU-006 experienced less constipation and nausea due to reduced use of opioid rescue medication.

“TPU-006 offers the potential to improve current post-operative or chronic pain management practices. It also provides a much-needed strategy to reduce the use of narcotic painkillers.  The ease of administration (application and removal), as seen in this study, means that the TPU-006 patch can be used in both the inpatient and outpatient setting,” said Jutaro Shudo, Chief Science Officer of Teikoku Pharma.

“We are pleased to see the efficacy of TPU-006 in this well controlled Phase 2 study. As the pace of the opioid epidemic continues to increase, we believe TPU-006 may help reduce the dependency on opioid-based medications following surgery,” added Paul Mori, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teikoku Pharma.  

About TPU-006

TPU-006 is an investigational transdermal product, intended to deliver dexmedetomidine for up to several days from a single application. Dexmedetomidine is a selective α2-adrenergic agonist, which is part of a family of agonists that are frequently used for sedation, muscle relaxation, and analgesia. Dexmedetomidine is commercially available as Precedex® (dexmedetomidine hydrochloride) Injection for intravenous use.

About the Postoperative Market1

The global pain market was valued at $28.6 billion in 2010 and is projected to increase at a 3% CAGR to $35.1 billion in 2017.  It has huge growth potential due to an increase in the aging population (2% in the U.S.). The postoperative pain market has been projected to be approximately one-fifth of the total market ($5.9 billion).  

About Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc.

Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc. is located in San Jose, California, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teikoku Seiyaku Co., Ltd. of Japan. This international specialty pharmaceutical company is focused on developing novel best-in-class treatment solutions to address some of the biggest unmet patient needs.  It develops and manufactures pharmaceutical products based on proprietary delivery platform technologies. Teikoku Pharma’s main products include: Lidoderm® (Lidocaine 5% Patch) for post-herpetic neuralgia [distributed by Endo Pharmaceuticals in the United States and Grunenthal GmbH in Europe and Latin America as Versatis®]; and Docetaxel Alcohol-Free Injection [distributed by Eagle Pharmaceuticals in the United States].

SOURCE: Teikoku Pharma USA