SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) today announced that it has completed full enrollment of the Phase 2b CAPTIVATE trial evaluating olorinab, an investigational, oral, highly-selective, full agonist of the cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2), for the potential treatment of abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The trial enrolled 273 study participants at approximately 70 clinical sites across the United States, with a primary efficacy endpoint assessing improvement in the weekly Average Abdominal Pain Scale (AAPS) from baseline to week 12.
"With almost 80 percent of IBS patients experiencing recurring or continuous abdominal pain, we are pleased to announce our progress on the CAPTIVATE trial, evaluating olorinab as a potential non-opioid treatment option for patients and physicians," stated Chris Cabell, MD, MHS, FACC, Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer at Arena. "Olorinab is highly-selective and peripherally acting which we believe may translate into sustained pain relief with minimal drug abuse liability for patients across a broad range of conditions. We are extremely proud of the team that has worked diligently to enroll this trial, and we look forward to seeing topline Phase 2 data in early 2021."
CAPTIVATE is a Phase 2, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 12-week study of olorinab in study participants with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) experiencing abdominal pain. The study will evaluate change in abdominal pain in participants with the clinical diagnosis of IBS with predominant constipation (IBS-C) or diarrhea (IBS-D). The primary objective of this trial is to assess the safety and efficacy of olorinab administered three times daily (TID). The primary endpoint is improvement in the weekly Average Abdominal Pain Scale (AAPS) from baseline. The CAPTIVATE trial is being conducted at approximately 70 study sites across the United States.
Olorinab (APD371) is an oral, peripherally acting, highly-selective, full agonist of the cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2). Olorinab is an internally discovered investigational drug candidate that Arena is exploring for development in several indications, with an initial focus on visceral pain in gastrointestinal disorders. This compound, through its selectivity for CB2, versus the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1), was designed to provide pain relief while minimizing the risk of psychoactive adverse effects.
Olorinab is an investigational compound that is not approved for any use in any country.
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