FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of SER120 (desmopressin nasal spray)

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Panel votes 14 to 4 in favor of drug in development for treatment of under-diagnosed urological disorder

DUBLIN and MILFORD, Pa., Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, and Serenity Pharmaceuticals, LLC, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 14-4 in favor of the benefit risk profile of the New Drug Application (NDA) for SER120 (desmopressin nasal spray). The vote was followed by a discussion of the indication among committee members. SER120 is an investigational drug developed for the treatment of nocturia, a common yet often under-diagnosed urological disorder, in adults who awaken two or more times per night to empty the bladder. Additionally, the committee voted 17-1 that there is substantial evidence to conclude that at least one of the SER120 doses is effective.


“Allergan is committed to the development of innovative therapies that fill significant unmet medical needs,” stated David Nicholson, Chief R&D Officer, Allergan. “Nocturia is a common and problematic medical condition for many male and female patients, which can lead to impairment in quality of life. We look forward to the outcome of the SER120 new drug application discussions with the FDA.”

“Upon approval, SER-120 will be the first treatment for nocturia in the United States. The advisory committee’s positive vote supports our belief in SER120 as a potential new treatment option for patients that have a history of more than two nocturic episodes per night.,”1,2,3 said Dr. Samuel Herschkowitz, Chief Executive Officer, Serenity. “We are encouraged by today’s positive outcome and will continue to work with the FDA as the agency completes its review of the SER120 new drug application.”

The FDA is not bound by the Committee’s recommendation, but takes its advice into consideration when reviewing investigational medicines. The FDA is expected to take action on the NDA for SER120 in the fourth quarter of 2016.

About Nocturia

Nocturia is a highly prevalent urological condition characterized by repeated awaking from sleep to empty the bladder.4 Nocturia has been found to have a role in numerous aspects of patients’ health and wellbeing, contributing to fatigue, memory deficits, depression, increased risk of heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and, at times, traumatic injury through falls.5 More than one-third of adults over the age of 30 meet the clinical definition for nocturia, making at least two trips to the bathroom every night.6 Although common, nocturia is underdiagnosed, and patients tend not to report the condition to their doctors until it becomes unbearable or their quality of life during daytime hours is severely compromised.5

About SER120

SER120 is a novel, low dose, nasally administered investigational drug being evaluated for its efficacy and safety in the treatment of nocturia in adults who awaken two or more times per night to empty the bladder.

About Serenity Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Milford, Pa., Serenity develops patented pharmaceuticals using unique delivery mechanisms combined with low threshold efficacious formulations. This dual approach allows Serenity to engineer safer drugs with minimal side effects in targeted populations.

About Allergan plc

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices and biologic products for patients around the world.

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