ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: AMPE), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the advancement of immunology-based therapies for prevalent inflammatory conditions, announced today it has received guidance from the U.S Food & Drug Administration ("FDA") regarding the impact of COVID-19 on its Phase III clinical trial for osteoarthritis of the knee ("OAK").
The COVID-19 health emergency has impacted clinical trials, with over 1,000 studies suspended as a result of the pandemic, including the Phase III clinical trial ("AP-013") for the intra-articular injection of Ampion for treatment of severe OAK. The AP-013 study is being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment ("SPA") which provides a documented framework for communication and gaining agreement with the FDA to support a commercial Biologics Licensing Application ("BLA").
In their feedback, the FDA agrees that OAK is a highly prevalent condition that affects millions of patients in the United States. In addition, the FDA provided practical guidance for the AP-013 study to navigate the pandemic, and to complete the study without re-running the trial. The FDA options give us the opportunity to provide additional evidence to support the use of existing data and/or add more patients to the trial. Ampio is thankful for this flexibility, is considering all options and is working to find a solution that will allow us to proceed despite COVID-19 and will present our analysis and proposal to the FDA as soon as possible.
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About Ampio Pharmaceuticals
Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a development stage biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of Ampion, our product candidate, to treat prevalent inflammatory conditions for which there are limited treatment options. Ampio's lead drug, Ampion, is backed by an extensive patent portfolio with intellectual property protection extending through 2032 and will be eligible for 12-year FDA market exclusivity upon approval as a novel biologic under the biologics price competition and innovation act ("BPCIA").
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