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BDSI files FDA NDA for BEMA Fentanyl

MORRISVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BDSI, has submitted its New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for BEMATM Fentanyl, BDSIs treatment for patients with breakthrough cancer pain.

The filing of the NDA represents a progression in a series of recent milestones relating to BDSIs lead product, including the April 2007 announcement that BEMA Fentanyl met the primary efficacy endpoint in its placebo controlled study for breakthrough cancer pain and the recent announcement of a U.S. commercialization partnership with Meda AB.

The FDA will now have sixty days in which to consider the NDA for filing. If accepted for filing, the FDA will have an additional eight months to complete the review of the application; as a result, BDSI expects a final decision by FDA in August 2008. If approved, BDSI is expected to receive milestone payments from Meda totaling $30 million and could begin receiving royalty revenues from the product as early as fourth quarter of 2008. BEMA Fentanyl has minimum peak sales projections of $250 million in the U.S. according to BDSI projections.

Our team has been very diligent in following the FDAs guidance on the development of BEMA Fentanyl and the preparation of the NDA, said Dr. David Wright, Director of Regulatory Affairs at BDSI. Given the nature of our pre-submission communications with the FDA, we anticipate a very interactive review process over the next ten months.

As previously announced, the efficacy results from the pivotal Phase III efficacy trial demonstrated that patients treated with BEMA Fentanyl in doses from 200 mcg to 1200 mcg had a significantly greater reduction in pain than patients treated with placebo, with less than 4% of patients discontinuing because of lack of effectiveness. A similar low discontinuation rate (< 3.5%) for lack of efficacy was also seen in the open label long-term safety study that is consistent with the high level of patient global satisfaction with BEMA Fentanyl reported in both studies.

BEMA Fentanyl is an exciting new product that could offer patients with breakthrough cancer pain a new alternative providing potent pain relief with a rapid onset of action, said Dr. Richard L. Rauck, one of the clinical investigators in BDSIs BEMA Fentanyl breakthrough cancer pain program. What is particularly unique about BEMA Fentanyl is the delivery system. In our experience using BEMA Fentanyl in clinical trials, it delivered reliable doses of pain medication and patients found it very easy and comfortable to use. Dr. Rauck is the Pain Fellowship Director of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Executive Director of the Carolinas Pain Institute, and Executive Director of the Center for Clinical Research.

The safety profile of BEMA Fentanyl is based on the administration of over sixty thousand individual units, by over three hundred cancer patients, with some patients treated for over twelve months in our clinical trial program, stated Dr. Andrew Finn, Executive Vice President of Product Development. Analysis of these safety data indicates that BEMA Fentanyl was well tolerated in these patients. Given the sensitivity many cancer patients have associated with their oral mucosa (i.e., cheeks and gums), we took extra care to examine what effects our dosage form (that adheres to the oral mucosa before dissolving) might have in this area. We are very pleased to report that we had no drug related oral irritation that required discontinuation of BEMA Fentanyl in this group of patients. The dosage form appears to be very well tolerated in this group of patients.

Dr. Mark Sirgo, President and CEO of BDSI, stated, This is another landmark for BDSI. Our development team is to be congratulated on their focus and commitment to staying the course over the past three years to deliver what we believe is a high quality NDA. We have managed our limited resources extremely prudently over this period, as we seek to preserve stockholder value during the pre-launch phase. Besides the positive Phase III data announced on BEMA Fentanyl earlier in the year, we were also extremely pleased to announce our agreement with Meda AB for the distribution rights to BEMA Fentanyl here in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They are also our European partner for this product and have committed to making BEMA Fentanyl a top priority as they seek to establish BEMA Fentanyl as a global brand. With their sales and marketing acumen, we believe Meda will be prepared and capable of making BEMA Fentanyl the next entry in the breakthrough cancer pain marketplace and meeting our future target sales goals for the product.

BDSI announced in September 2007 a licensing agreement with Meda AB for the distribution rights in the U.S. to BEMA Fentanyl. This transaction provided BDSI with an up front payment of $30 million dollars at closing and payments aggregating another $30 million upon FDA approval and commercial launch. In addition to these two milestones, another $30 million could be earned by the achievement of certain sales milestones. These potential payments along with a significant double-digit royalty have put BDSI in position for positive cash flow from operations in 2007 and 2008.


Contact: Bill Douglass
BioDelivery Sciences

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