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Avanir Pharmaceuticals Announces Accelerated Development Path for AVP-786 Following Successful Pre-IND Meeting with FDA
Date:6/5/2013

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNR) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to an expedited development pathway for their next-generation compound, AVP-786, requiring only a limited pre-clinical package as part of the Investigational New Drug (IND) application.  Upon completion of these preclinical studies the company intends to proceed directly into human clinical trials.

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"We are very pleased with the outcome of our recent meeting with the Division of Neurology of the FDA," said Joao Siffert , MD, Avanir's chief scientific officer.  "Avanir will be allowed to reference the extensive data generated during AVP-923 development programs in support of the AVP-786 IND and subsequent new drug application. This has the potential to substantially reduce the cost and time to market.  We anticipate that we will be able to seamlessly integrate AVP-786 into our ongoing development programs in neuropathic pain, agitation in Alzheimer's disease and levodopa induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease."

About AVP-786
AVP-786 is a novel investigational drug product consisting of a combination of deuterium modified dextromethorphan (a new chemical entity or NCE) and ultra-low dose quinidine, used as a metabolic inhibitor. Incorporation of deuterium into specific positions of the dextromethorphan molecule strengthens the chemical bonds and reduces susceptibility to enzyme cleavage and first pass metabolism, but without altering its pharmacology. AVP-786 is an investigational drug not approved by the FDA.

About AVP-923
AVP-923 is a combination of two well-characterized
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