Virpax Pursues OTC Medical Device Pathway for AnQlar™
BERWYN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#pharma--Virpax® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Virpax” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VRPX), a company specializing in developing non-addictive products for pain management, post-traumatic stress disorder, central nervous system (CNS) disorders and anti-viral indications, today announced it will pursue an OTC Intranasal Medical Device Consumer regulatory pathway for AnQlar™, the Company’s product candidate being developed as a prophylactic antiviral barrier against influenza and SARS-CoV-2.
“We believe that AnQlar, upon successful development and commercialization, may be a 24-hour prophylactic medical device that can be used as an intranasal barrier against COVID, Influenza and most negatively charged viruses, including the Rhinovirus. We expect the OTC non-prescription Medical Device pathway to provide a faster drug development timeline and global approval track than the OTC non-prescription New Drug Application pathway that we had originally pursued for AnQlar,” stated Anthony P. Mack, Chairman and CEO of Virpax.
“Additionally, we intend to validate AnQlar’s claims and assess its value for commercialization in North America, Europe and Asia,” continued Mr. Mack. “We now have two product candidates, AnQlar and Epoladerm™, in our OTC pipeline and will seek to license out or partner these assets as we continue to focus our efforts on our prescription drug pipeline.”
To support the OTC Medical Device application, Virpax plans to submit AnQlar’s completed in-vitro study, ex-vivo study using human mucosal cells, in-vivo study in rats, toxicology study and its pharmacokinetics (PK) characteristics studies to the FDA. Additionally, the Company will include AnQlar’s completed safety-pharmacology studies, drug-drug interaction studies and its virology studies evaluating AnQlar’s antiviral properties against two variants of SARS-CoV-2 in a SARS-CoV-2 mouse model to the FDA. For the OTC medical device application, Virpax anticipates that it will have to complete stability testing, human factors testing for medical devices, safety studies and supplementary in-vitro studies.
About Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Virpax is developing branded, non-addictive pain management products candidates using its proprietary technologies to optimize and target drug delivery. Virpax is initially seeking FDA approval for two prescription drug candidates that employ two different patented drug delivery platforms. Probudur™ is a single injection liposomal bupivacaine formulation being developed to manage post-operative pain and Envelta™ is an intranasal molecular-envelope enkephalin formulation being developed to manage acute and chronic pain, including pain associated with cancer. Virpax is also using its intranasal Molecular Envelope Technology (MET) to develop two other product candidates. PES200 is a product candidate being developed to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and VRP324 is a product candidate for the nasal delivery of a pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD) for the management of rare pediatric epilepsy. Virpax recently acquired global rights to VRP324. Virpax is also seeking approval of two nonprescription product candidates. AnQlar is being developed to inhibit viral replication caused by influenza or SARS-CoV-2, and Epoladerm™ is a topical diclofenac spray film formulation being developed to manage pain associated with osteoarthritis. For more information, please visit www.virpaxpharma.com.
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