Lightlake Therapeutics Announces Partnership with National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to Treat Opioid Overdose Partnership to use Lightlake Therapeutics novel intranasal naloxone application to reverse overdoses
LONDON, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightlake Therapeutics Inc., ("Lightlake" or the "Company") (OTC BB: LLTP), a biopharmaceutical company developing addiction treatments based on its expertise in opioid antagonists, announced today the Company is moving forward in expanding access to medication for the treatment of opioid overdose with the National Institute on Drug Abuse ("NIDA"), part of the National Institutes of Health ("NIH"). This fall, NIDA will sponsor a two-week clinical study designed to evaluate the pharmacokinetic properties of Lightlake's intranasal naloxone application in 14 healthy volunteer subjects.
Naloxone is an injectable medicine that can rapidly reverse the overdose of prescription and illicit opioids. Lightlake is working on a new intranasal delivery system for the delivery of naloxone that could widely expand its availability and use in preventing opioid overdose deaths, a public health problem of epidemic proportion in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16,651 people died from prescription opioid overdose in the U.S. in 2010, a significant increase from the 4,030 overdose deaths in 1999.
Assuming favorable outcomes from this study, NIDA plans to file an IND for a larger study. The expected goal of this partnership is to have an FDA approved intranasal naloxone solution for the reversal of opioid overdoses that can be brought to market within 12 to 18 months.
"Naloxone is a lifesaving drug used in an emergency to treat patients who have overdosed on opioids such as heroin or oxycodone. It's proven to be very safe and has been used for decades," said Dr. Roger Crystal, CEO of Lightlake Therapeutics. "The problem is that it's not readily available and only approved for administered through injection. We are working with NIDA to create an intranasal delivery system that can make naloxone much easier to use and more accessible for first responders, paramedics and families and friends of addicts who are at risk of overdose."
About Lightlake Therapeutics
Lightlake Therapeutics Inc., a London-based biopharmaceutical company, is using its expertise in opioid antagonists to build a platform of innovative solutions to common addictions and related disorders. The Company holds patents covering the use of intranasal naloxone to treat Binge Eating Disorder ("BED") as well as patents covering addiction to drugs including cocaine, amphetamine, and MDMA. Lightlake is currently focused on advancing its treatment for BED, which has successfully completed Phase II clinical trials, and a Phase II trial is planned for the indication of Bulimia Nervosa. Lightlake is also applying its technology to develop a treatment for managing the complications of opioid drug addiction in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. For more information please visit: http://www.lightlaketherapeutics.com
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