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KemPharm® is a clinical stage, specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development and discovery of proprietary prodrugs that are designed to be improved versions of widely prescribed and FDA approved products.

KemPharm’s KP484 for the Treatment of ADHD, An Investigational Prodrug of Methylphenidate, Allowed to Proceed to Clinical Studies

November 2, 2017 at 7:30 AM EDT

KP484 Designed to be a Predictably Dosed, “Super-Extended” Release, Methylphenidate Product Candidate

CORALVILLE, Iowa, Nov. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KemPharm, Inc, a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its safety review of the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for KP484, the Company’s prodrug product candidate of “super-extended” release d-methylphenidate (d-MPH), and concluded that the company may proceed with its planned clinical investigation for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“We are gratified that the FDA has allowed us to proceed to the clinic after completing their review of the IND application for KP484.  This developmental product candidate is one we believe allows for the possible development of a much longer acting methylphenidate product using our prodrug molecule that may enable us to target an underserved group of adult ADHD patients similar to the recently launched Mydayis® product (mixed salts of a single entity amphetamine product), except for the methylphenidate treatment space,” said Travis C. Mickle, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of KemPharm.  

“We believe the features of KP484 could provide certain benefits when compared with other FDA-approved and widely prescribed methylphenidate products,” Mickle added.  “Pharmacokinetic (PK) data from preclinical studies conducted to date suggest that the time to maximum plasma concentration of our prodrug of methylphenidate after oral administration is approximately three times longer compared to immediate release methylphenidate, which may allow for convenient, once-daily dosing in the adult population.”

Submitted under Section 505(i) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, KemPharm’s IND proposes to develop KP484 along a similar clinical trial pathway as its current co-lead investigation prodrug of d-MPH for the treatment of ADHD, KP415.  Efficacy studies of KP484 are anticipated to be initiated in 2018.  Data for KP484 will be leveraged from current and ongoing KP415 research, including PK and human abuse liability studies, which could potentially allow an expedited development timeline towards a possible New Drug Application (NDA) submission with the FDA as early as 2019.  KemPharm believes that the ability to develop multiple prodrug products from the same Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient with unique treatment benefits and commercial profiles is the hallmark of its Ligand Activated Therapy (LAT™) prodrug discovery platform.

About KemPharm

KemPharm is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its proprietary LATTM (Ligand Activated Therapy) platform technology.  KemPharm utilizes its proprietary LATTM platform technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs in the high need areas of pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other central nervous system disorders. KemPharm’s co-lead clinical development candidates are KP415 and KP484, both based on a prodrug of methylphenidate, but with differing extended-release profiles for the treatment of ADHD.  In addition, the company is advancing Apadaz™, an immediate-release, abuse-deterrent hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination product candidate, and KP201/IR, an acetaminophen-free formulation of the company’s immediate release abuse deterrent hydrocodone product candidate, KP201.  For more information on KemPharm and its pipeline of prodrug product candidates visit

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Daniel L. Cohen
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KemPharm, Inc.

Source: KemPharm