NEW YORK, April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RLMD), a late-stage biotechnology company addressing diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), today announced the initiation of the second of the two sister pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials (RELIANCE I and RELIANCE II) for the Company's lead product candidate, REL-1017, as an adjunctive treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD).
"We are pleased to begin enrolling patients into the second Phase 3 clinical trial of REL-1017 in MDD, a condition impacting more than 17 million individuals in the U.S., with limited safe and effective therapeutic options currently available," said Sergio Traversa, Relmada's Chief Executive Officer. "The first Phase 3 trial, RELIANCE I, which was initiated in December 2020, continues to enroll patients as planned, and additional sites are coming online. Importantly, the pivotal Phase 3 studies in the RELIANCE program are optimized to reduce the risk of placebo effect associated with depression trials due to the two-arm design, strong focus on site selection and training as well as the multiple levels of screening to ensure accurate patient diagnosis. We continue to anticipate the availability of top-line data from RELIANCE I and RELIANCE II in the first half of 2022."
The company also confirmed that RELIANCE-OLS, the long-term, open-label safety study for REL-1017, is underway. RELIANCE-OLS will include both patients continuing from the pivotal studies as well as de novo patients.
Key Aspects of the RELIANCE Clinical Studies Program for REL-1017 in MDD:
- The Phase 3 program consists of two sister, two-arm, placebo-controlled clinical trials, RELIANCE I and RELIANCE II. Each trial will be conducted at up to 55 clinical sites in the United States and will include 364 MDD patients with inadequate response to one up to three standard antidepressants in their current depression episode. Patients will add either a 25 mg oral dose of REL-1017 or placebo once per day to their ongoing antidepressant treatment.
- The primary endpoint is the change from baseline on the Montgomery and Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score, a well-established measure of the severity of depression, at day-28 for REL-1017 compared to placebo. Success on this endpoint, in addition to sufficient safety data, will support, if approved by the FDA, the use of REL-1017 for chronic treatment.
- The change from baseline at the day 7 MADRS score will serve as a key secondary endpoint and will provide data on the rapid onset of treatment effect. In the Phase 2 proof-of-principle trial completed in late 2019, statistically significant separation between REL-1017 and the control group was achieved by day 4.
- Patients who complete either RELIANCE I or RELIANCE II will be eligible to roll over into the long-term, open-label study, RELIANCE-OLS. The RELIANCE-OLS program will also enroll patients with MDD who have not participated in either of the pivotal programs.
Upcoming Anticipated Milestones for REL-1017
- 1H21 – Start of the monotherapy MDD trial
- 2Q21 – Results of oxycodone human abuse potential study
- 2H21 – Results of ketamine human abuse potential study
- 4Q21 – Results of the monotherapy MDD trial
- 1H22 – Results of RELIANCE I and RELIANCE II adjunctive MDD trials
REL-1017, a novel NMDA receptor (NMDAR) channel blocker that preferentially targets hyperactive channels while maintaining physiological glutamatergic neurotransmission, is entering late-stage studies as an adjunctive treatment for MDD in adults. Our clinical program for REL-1017 will evaluate its potential as the first rapid-acting, oral, once-daily antidepressant treatment. In a Phase 2 trial, REL-1017 demonstrated rapid onset and sustained antidepressant effects with statistically significant improvements as compared to placebo. The Phase 2 study also confirmed the favorable safety and tolerability profile of REL-1017 observed in previously completed Phase 1 studies. In April 2017, the FDA granted Fast Track designation for REL-1017 for the adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder.
About Relmada Therapeutics, Inc.
Relmada Therapeutics is a late-stage biotechnology company addressing diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), with a focus on major depressive disorder (MDD). Our experienced and dedicated team is committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Relmada' s lead program, REL-1017, is a novel NMDA receptor (NMDAR) channel blocker that preferentially targets hyperactive channels while maintaining physiological glutamatergic neurotransmission. REL-1017 has entered late-stage development as an adjunctive treatment for MDD in adults.
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