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FDA grants fast track designation to Novel NASH treatment


FDA grants fast track designation to Novel NASH treatment

The U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track Designation to an investigational new drug, HTD1801, for the treatment of patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), announced HighTide Therapeutics Inc.

HTD1801 is a new molecular entity being developed for the treatment of PSC and NASH. HTD1801, a multifunctional oral therapeutic, was designed to address the complex nature of NASH, especially for patients with comorbid diabetes and/or dyslipidemia.

“This represents another step forward in our development of HTD1801 for the treatment of liver diseases with no currently approved therapies. We are proceeding with parallel clinical development of HTD1801 for NASH as well as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) for which HTD1801 already received Orphan Drug Designation and Fast Track Designation,” said Janice Soreth, M.D., Chief Strategy and Regulatory Officer of HighTide, former Associate Commissioner for Special Medical Programs at the FDA.

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“This represents another step forward in our development of HTD1801 for the treatment of liver diseases with no currently approved therapies. We are proceeding with parallel clinical development of HTD1801 for NASH as well as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) for which HTD1801 already received Orphan Drug Designation and Fast Track Designation,” said Janice Soreth, M.D., Chief Strategy and Regulatory Officer of HighTide, former Associate Commissioner for Special Medical Programs at the FDA.

The Company has completed a first human study in healthy volunteers; a Phase 2 trial in adults with NASH is due to begin soon in the US. A multicenter Phase 2 trial in adults with PSC is currently ongoing.

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is a chronic, complex liver disease characterized by hepatitis – inflammation of the liver – and liver cell damage, which can lead to fibrosis of the liver. NASH can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Prevalence of NASH is on the rise and it may soon surpass hepatitis C as a cause for the liver transplant. Currently, there are no approved therapies for NASH.

FDA’s Fast Track program is designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs that are intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and that demonstrate the potential to address unmet medical needs. An investigational drug that receives Fast Track Designation is eligible for more frequent communications between the FDA and the company relating to the development plan and clinical trial design and may be eligible for priority review if certain criteria are met.

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