Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALDX) (Aldeyra) today announced the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ADX‑2191 (methotrexate injection, USP), an investigational drug candidate, for the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma, a rare but potentially fatal cancer with no FDA-approved therapy.
The NDA submission is supported by a combination of published literature on the safety and efficacy of methotrexate for the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma and safety data from the recently completed Phase 3 GUARD Trial of ADX‑2191 for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy. During the Phase 3 GUARD Trial, no safety signals were observed, and ADX-2191 was well tolerated; there were no observed treatment-emergent serious adverse events. The most common adverse event associated with ADX-2191 treatment was punctate keratitis, a frequently observed side effect of intravitreal methotrexate, that was most commonly mild in severity. In the Phase 3 GUARD Trial, the incidence of punctate keratitis with ADX-2191 administration was observed to be less than that previously reported with intravitreal injection of compounded methotrexate.1
“Compounding methotrexate for intravitreal injection, the current standard of care for primary vitreoretinal lymphoma, poses several challenges for physicians and patients, including risk of infection and increased injection volume, potentially leading to ocular hypertension and corneal inflammation,” stated Todd C. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Aldeyra’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “ADX-2191 is a novel formulation of methotrexate that is designed to be vitreous-compatible and has the potential to be the first marketed drug for patients suffering from primary vitreoretinal lymphoma.”
ADX-2191 has received FDA Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma. In addition, as part of the NDA submission, Aldeyra requested Priority Review Designation, which reduces the review period during which the FDA aims to take action on an NDA to within 6 months, compared to 10 months under standard review.
A Type C meeting with the FDA to discuss the completion of clinical development of ADX-2191 for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy is planned for the first half of 2023, and results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of ADX-2191 in retinitis pigmentosa are expected in the first half of 2023.
ADX-2191 (methotrexate injection, USP) is a sterile, non-compounded intravitreal formulation of methotrexate for the potential prevention or treatment of specific rare retinal diseases, including primary vitreoretinal lymphoma, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. The ADX-2191 intravitreal formulation is preservative-free, is designed to be vitreous-compatible, and is optimized for excipient composition, viscosity, density, tonicity, pH, concentration, and volume of administration. ADX-2191 has received FDA Orphan Drug Designation for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and for the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma and retinitis pigmentosa.
About Primary Vitreoretinal Lymphoma
Primary vitreoretinal lymphoma is a rare, aggressive, and potentially fatal retinal cancer that is diagnosed in approximately 300 to 600 patients in the United States per year. The median survival for newly diagnosed patients is 4.83 years. The most common ocular complaints reported by patients include blurred vision, painless loss of vision, floaters, red eye, and photophobia. No approved treatments are currently available, though intravitreal injection of compounded methotrexate represents the current standard of care.2
Aldeyra Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing innovative therapies designed to treat immune-mediated diseases. Our approach is to discover pharmaceuticals that modulate immunological systems, instead of directly inhibiting or activating single protein targets, with the goal of optimizing multiple pathways at once while minimizing toxicity. Our pre-commercial product candidates are reproxalap, a potential treatment for dry eye disease and allergic conjunctivitis, and ADX-2191, a potential treatment for primary vitreoretinal lymphoma, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and other rare sight-threatening retinal diseases. In addition, we are developing other product candidates, including ADX-629 and chemically related molecules, for the potential treatment of systemic and retinal immune-mediated diseases. For more information, visit https://www.aldeyra.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
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This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Aldeyra's future expectations, plans and prospects, including, without limitation, statements regarding Aldeyra’s belief in the adequacy of the data it submitted in the NDA for ADX-2191; the potential for FDA acceptance of an NDA for ADX-2191; the potential for regulatory approval and commencement of commercialization of ADX-2191 and Aldeyra’s goals as to timing; the potential profile and benefit of ADX-2191 in primary vitreoretinal lymphoma; the planned timing of the Type C meeting with the FDA to discuss the completion of clinical development of ADX-2191 for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy; and the expected timing of results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of ADX-2191 in retinitis pigmentosa. 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1 Annals of Hematology, 95(4), 593–601, 2016.
2 Aldeyra internal estimates. Data on file; Primary Vitreoretinal Lymphoma by D. J. Wilson on AAO EyeWiki; M. Sagoo, Survey of Ophthalmology (2014); Grimm et. al., Annals of Oncology (2007).
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