Navigation Links
TheraQuest Unveils New Pain Management Product Pipeline

BLUE BELL, Pa., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- TheraQuest Biosciences, Inc., a clinical stage pain management company today unveiled its analgesic product pipeline. TheraQuest also announced the launch of its new corporate website at

Najib Babul, PharmD, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "After a careful strategic review of our pipeline, we have realigned our development efforts to focus on chronic pain products with the largest market potential and greatest probability for timely FDA approval."  Babul further noted, "Going forward, we will focus our development resources on drugs to treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis and low back pain, and on neuropathic pain."

Overview of Pain Pipeline

TQ-1020 (Levorphanol Extended Release) is a proprietary once-a-day extended release levorphanol in an abuse deterrent drug delivery system. It has activity at both opioid and non-opioid receptors and monoamine reuptake inhibition comparable to Nucynta® and Ultram®.

TQ-1021 (Topical Mepivacaine) is a proprietary topical dosage form of the local anesthetic, mepivacaine for the treatment of neuropathic pain. It has been granted Orphan Drug Designations for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia and painful HIV neuropathy.

TQ-1028 (Oral, Buprenorphine Extended Release) is a proprietary once-a-day extended release oral dosage form of the C-III opioid buprenorphine. According to the DEA and FDA, buprenorphine has a lower abuse potential than oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine and hydromorphone, the C-II opioids in OxyContin®, Opana® ER, Embeda® and Exalgo®.

Pain Pipeline Details

TQ-1020 (Levorphanol Extended Release)

TQ-1020 is a proprietary once-a-day extended release dosage form of the opioid analgesic levorphanol in an abuse deterrent drug delivery system (Levorphanol ER). It has activity at both opioid and non-opioid receptors, thus providing unique pharmacologic advantages over currently marketed strong opioids. Levorphanol is significantly more potent than morphine at the mu, delta and kappa opioid receptor.

Unlike OxyContin, Opana ER, Embeda and Exalgo, Levorphanol's norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibition is comparable to tapentadol (Nucynta) and tramadol (Ultram ER). Consequently, levorphanol ER targets both opioid modulated ascending pathways and norepinephrine modulated descending pathways of pain in one centrally acting analgesic. Levorphanol also exerts NMDA antagonism which may partly explain its efficacy in neuropathic pain and its ability to reverse tolerance to morphine.

Levorphanol ER is being developed for chronic moderate to severe pain. It will compete in the same opioid market segment as OxyContin, Opana ER, Embeda and Exalgo (2009 U.S. opioid sales $8.5 billion).

TQ-1021 (Topical Mepivacaine)

TQ-1021 is a proprietary topical dosage form of the local anesthetic, mepivacaine for the treatment of neuropathic pain states such as painful diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia and painful HIV-associated neuropathy. TQ-1021 has been granted Orphan Drug Designations by the FDA for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia and painful HIV neuropathy.

In the United States, only Lidoderm®, Neurontin®, Lyrica® and Qutenza® are approved for treating postherpetic neuralgia, and only Lyrica and Cymbalta® are approved for treating painful diabetic neuropathy. Presently, no treatments are approved for the treatment of painful HIV neuropathy.

As a result of the success of Pfizer's Neurontin, neuropathic pain has become one of the most sought-after indications. According to Datamonitor, the market for neuropathic pain drugs is expected to grow to $5.5 billion by 2015. We expect that TQ-1021 will be used alone or with oral therapies such as Lyrica and Cymbalta. TQ-1021 will compete in the same market segment as Lidoderm patch, which had U.S. sales of $770 million in 2009.

TQ-1028 (Oral, Buprenorphine Extended Release)

TQ-1028 is a proprietary once-a-day extended release oral dosage form of the C-III opioid, buprenorphine. It is being developed for the treatment of chronic moderate to moderately severe pain and for the treatment of opioid dependence. Buprenorphine has been widely used by the sublingual and transdermal routes but not by the oral route. There are currently no marketed C-III extended release opioids in the United States.

According to FDA and DEA, buprenorphine has a lower potential for abuse relative to C-II opioids such as oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine and hydromorphone, the opioids in OxyContin, Opana ER, Embeda and Exalgo, respectively. In addition, prescriptions for buprenorphine may transmitted by phone or fax and refilled up to 5 times in 6 months, while prescriptions for C-II opioids must be written and cannot be refilled.

Buprenorphine's unique pharmacology also distinguishes it from oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine and hydromorphone. Among its advantages are: (i) reduced reinforcing properties and risk of physical dependence; (ii)) reduced drug liking by recreational drug users; and (iii) reduced risk of respiratory depression in overdose.

TQ-1028 will compete in the same opioid pain market segment as OxyContin, Opana ER, Embeda and Exalgo (2009 U.S. opioid sales $8.5 billion), with the advantage of C-III prescribing status and reduced risk of drug abuse. Given a choice, clinicians are more likely to use C-III pain relievers over C-II pain relievers, particularly for moderate to moderately severe pain. Additionally, TQ-1028 will compete with sublingual buprenorphine (Suboxone®/Subutex®) and methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence (2009 sales for sublingual buprenorphine were $970 million).

About TheraQuest Biosciences, Inc.

TheraQuest ( is a clinical-stage pain management company building a diversified portfolio of pain products. The TheraQuest team has contributed to the development of numerous analgesics approved in the U.S. over the past 20 years. TheraQuest's strategy is to leverage its pain expertise to identify, develop to an early stage and outlicense product candidates with strong market potential that have lower development costs and reduced regulatory risk compared to new chemical entities. TheraQuest is funded in part by BioAdvance, the Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

All trademarks used herein, including Cymbalta®, Embeda®, Exalgo®, Lidoderm®, Lyrica®, Nucynta®, Neurontin®, OxyContin®, Opana® ER, Qutenza®, Suboxone®, Subutex®, Ultram® ER are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE TheraQuest Biosciences, Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Oregon Tourism Commission Unveils New Online Customer Service Training Program
2. NeoVista Unveils 18-month Data on Novel Wet AMD Therapy at Retina Society Meeting
3. Schering-Plough Unveils Top-Line Study Results for SAPHRIS(TM) (asenapine) Demonstrating Efficacy in Long-Term Schizophrenia Relapse Prevention
4. OmegaGenesis Unveils Novel Nanotechnology Platform With Broad Biomedical Applications
5. Ferring Pharmaceuticals Unveils Six-Month Efficacy Data for EUFLEXXA(R) for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
6. Boehringer Ingelheim Unveils Diabetes Pipeline
7. GNC Unveils Study Results for First and Only Nitric Oxide Product Clinically Proven to Improve Physical Performance at NSCA Conference in Las Vegas
8. Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2010
9. Eurotech Unveils New Diabetes Care Management Solution
10. Ethicon Endo-Surgery Unveils Full Energy Portfolio for First Time at American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
11. Siemens Unveils New Hearing Loss Options at SPLASH: ADAs 2009 Convention
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/9/2015)... , October 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... --> The report summarizes ... and overall status of the manufacturers ... guidance and direction for companies and ... . --> ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... PHILADELPHIA , October 9, 2015 ... Conference, Oct. 7-9   ... information products and services, today launched ClinicalKey for Nursing ... authoritative content, tailored to meet the unique needs of nursing ... in Atlanta , Oct. 7-9, will have ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... 2015  Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals ("Hi-Tech"), a leading global ... iForce Nutrition ("iForce"), one of the fastest-growing Sports Nutrition ... , today announced that they have entered into ... to acquire iForce. The transaction will enhance Hi-Tech,s ... through iForce,s strong distribution network. Jared ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
... BETHLEHEM, Pa., April 28, 2011 Particle Sciences ... EVA Performance Polymers, a leading supplier of ethylene ... together to streamline the development of drug-eluting devices. ... Celanese EVA Performance Polymers are working to provide ...
... A new study published online today in The ... (Avastin) is as effective as ranibizumab (Lucentis), the current ... degeneration (AMD). The results are from ... a pioneering comparative effectiveness trial made possible through funding ...
Cached Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/10/2015)... ... October 10, 2015 , ... The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup ... Saturday, October 10th, defending race winner, Kevin Harvick, will battle it out for the ... and all of the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As part ...
(Date:10/10/2015)... ... October 10, 2015 , ... In the inaugural people’s choice contest, entitled Bold ... Work in Jacksonville, amongst medium-sized companies with 25 – 99 employees. The announcement was ... a celebratory gala on October 1st. , Many of the features of the ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... October 09, 2015 , ... With the FCPX LUT Vibrance pack ... footage. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a mathematical formula for modifying ... the table. This pack comes with 60 vibrant CUBE LUT files. , ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2015 , ... ... now offering a special promotion on Invisalign, the orthodontic system that uses clear, ... The aligners are almost invisible against the teeth, which allow patients to complete ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... 09, 2015 , ... Confidence Plus Insurance has just celebrated ... initiative that involves working with a series of local charities throughout the California ... Insurance is the Gleason Park Electric Violin Ensemble (GPEVE). , GPEVE provides a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
... , New Report Highlights Best and Worst State ... Va., Sept. 10 A new report by The Vision Council, ... for children entering school are inconsistent, impeding children,s ability to succeed ... visual processing of information, undetected vision problems can severely impact a ...
... largest network of Hispanic health advocates joins President Obama,s efforts to improve ... , WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 "There was a clear ... reform. We need to work together to get the job done and ... our history, it is essential that we do this to support America,s ...
... , Statement attributable to: J. James Rohack, M.D. President, ... that Medical Liability Reform is Needed , , ... is unacceptable. The AMA will continue to work for reform that makes ... opportunity this year to achieve meaningful health reform for America,s patients and ...
... Sept. 9 In commemoration of the first September 11 National ... Los Angeles will host three 2-hour volunteer orientations for 100+ youth and ... tour of the chapter,s new state of the art Emergency Operation Center, ... recent California wildfires. , , What: ...
... MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Sept. 9 Select Medical Holdings ... the launch of its initial public offering of 33,333,333 shares ... is expected to be between $11.00 and $13.00 ... of common shares by Select, and Goldman, Sachs & Co., ...
... 9 As the nation awaits President Obama,s address on ... Philanthropic Collaborative (TPC) sent today a letter to the President ... foundations in the field of health. , , ... the social and economic effectiveness of health-related philanthropic activities. ...
Cached Medicine News:
CDIs new improved Implant Stabilizer has super-soft elastic bands with lace trim....
Bras and Breast Support...
Post-Surgical compression garments...
... The Albumin Cobalt Binding (ACB®) Test is ... Modified Albumin (IMA®) by measuring the cobalt ... serum sample. First identified in the early ... comes in contact with ischemic tissue in ...
Medicine Products: