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Actavis Announces FDA Acceptance for Filing of NDA for Eluxadoline
Date:9/2/2014

DUBLIN, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing Actavis' New Drug Application (NDA) for eluxadoline, an investigational drug for the treatment of diarrhea and abdominal pain in men and women with diarrhea predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D).  Actavis' NDA for eluxadoline has been granted priority review status by the FDA.

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"The NDA filing of eluxadoline marks an important step forward for this potential first-in-class treatment, which demonstrates our commitment to helping patients suffering from this debilitating condition," said Paul Covington, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations & Development at Furiex Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Actavis.  "We are pleased that the FDA has granted eluxadoline a priority review, setting the stage for us to bring this potential  new treatment option to patients promptly." 

The NDA submission for eluxadoline is based on the results of two Phase III clinical studies that met their primary endpoints. The 12- week efficacy portion of the studies demonstrated significant superiority over placebo in the composite endpoint of the simultaneous improvement in both pain and diarrhea at both 75mg and 100mg doses.

Eluxadoline was well-tolerated and the adverse events (reported in greater than 5% of eluxadoline-treated patients and at an incidence greater than placebo) consisted of constipation (7.4% (75 mg) and 8.6% (100 mg) vs 2.5% placebo),  nausea (8.1% (75mg) and 7.5% (100mg) vs 5.1% placebo) and abdominal pain (4.1% (75mg) and 5.0% (100mg) vs 2.7% placebo).  The studies consisted o
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