CORALVILLE, Iowa, June 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KemPharm, Inc. (NASDAQ:KMPH), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter (CRL) regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for Apadaz™ (benzhydrocodone and acetaminophen), KemPharm’s investigational abuse-deterrent product candidate for the short-term management of acute pain.
The FDA issues CRLs to indicate that the Agency considers the review cycle for an application is complete and that the application is not ready for approval in its present form. Included in the CRL is guidance that describes all specific deficiencies that the FDA has identified in the application. When possible, the FDA recommends actions that the applicant may take to place the application in condition for approval.
“After last week’s amendment request, a Complete Response Letter from the FDA was received for the Apadaz NDA,” said Travis C. Mickle, Ph.D., President and CEO of KemPharm. “We are currently evaluating the points raised in the CRL and intend to request an End of Review meeting with the Agency to determine the pathway forward for Apadaz.”
KemPharm is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its Ligand Activated Therapy (LAT) platform technology. KemPharm utilizes its LAT platform technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs in the high need areas of pain, ADHD and other CNS disorders.
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