Lexaria's Investigational New Drug Application Filing Update
Kelowna, British Columbia - TheNewswire - December 7, 2023 - Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (Nasdaq: LEXX; LEXXW) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, announces that the Company’s anticipated submission of an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for its planned U.S. Phase 1b Hypertension Clinical Trial is expected to be filed within approximately 45 days.
As previously announced, this filing was regrettably delayed while Lexaria awaited overdue documentation from one of its key raw material suppliers. Lexaria is pleased to announce that the supplier in question has updated much of this documentation with Lexaria and directly with the FDA, which will now enable Lexaria to complete final integration of this information into its IND application. The supplier has recently informed Lexaria that, within approximately 45 days, it expects to submit its two final pieces of outstanding information with the FDA, following which Lexaria will be able to proceed with filing our IND application.
Lexaria feels confident, given that from 2018 through 2022 it has previously conducted five human clinical trials studying DehydraTECH-CBD in an aggregate total of 134 people, without recording a single serious adverse event (the “Studies”), that it’s proposed Phase 1b study plan will not expose test subjects to unreasonable risk. Lexaria looks forward to submitting this important IND filing and hopes that the review process proceeds smoothly toward effectiveness in the subsequent 30 day period allotted by the FDA.
Background and Medical/Market Rationale
The Studies, which were not conducted under FDA-registration but are integral to successful filing and review of Lexaria’s planned IND submission, were carried out in an aggregate total of 134 healthy and hypertensive persons. The Studies evidenced significant reductions in resting blood pressure over both acute and multi-week dosing regimens, and also produced zero serious adverse events; suggesting that DehydraTECH-CBD has the potential to have pronounced clinical benefits relative to available anti-hypertensive therapeutics.
Lexaria is aware of only a handful of other published research studies, mostly in young, healthy and normotensive volunteers, that have investigated whether a sustained decrease in resting blood pressure is possible following multiple weeks of oral CBD dosing; none of which have been successful in achieving this. DehydraTECH-CBD is currently unique in its evidenced superior power to reduce blood pressure over other oral CBD formulations.
Findings from Lexaria’s latest study HYPER-H21-4 demonstrated a potentially novel mechanism of action of DehydraTECH-CBD in reducing blood pressure which may be explained, at least in part, by its interaction with the human sympatho-chromaffin system via catestatin modulation as detailed in the peer-reviewed and published journal, "Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy". This is significant because the FDA has previously communicated clear guidelines for sponsors who seek to develop new anti-hypertensive drugs, specifically defining the need for medications that offer novel and complementary modes of action. Data gathered from study HYPER-H21-4 suggested that DehydraTECH-CBD had the potential to offer additive blood pressure reduction benefits in addition to any degree of improvements that standard of care medications achieved for patients prior to DehydraTECH-CBD dosing.
About Planned Clinical Trial HYPER-H23-1
Clinical trial HYPER-H23-1 is entitled ‘A Phase 1b Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of DehydraTECH-CBD in Subjects with Stage 1 or Stage 2 Hypertension’. The primary objective of the trial will be to evaluate safety and tolerability in hypertensive patients, and secondary objectives will include efficacy evaluation in reducing blood pressure together with detailed pharmacokinetic testing.
All clinical, laboratory and analysis procedures for study HYPER-H23-1 are to be performed entirely by U.S.-based, third-party independent contract service providers.
About Lexaria Bioscience Corp. & DehydraTECH
DehydraTECH™ is Lexaria’s patented drug delivery formulation and processing platform technology which improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream through oral delivery. Since 2016, Lexaria has developed and investigated DehydraTECH with a variety of beneficial molecules in oral and topical formats. DehydraTECH has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to increase bio-absorption and has also evidenced an ability to deliver some drugs more effectively across the blood brain barrier, which Lexaria believes to be of particular importance for centrally active compounds. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 37 patents granted and many patents pending worldwide. For more information, please visit www.lexariabioscience.com.
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