CRANBURY, N.J., Feb. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: PTN), a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical needs and commercial potential, today announced that it has launched a clinical trial website (https://www.reconnectstudy.com) in support of its phase 3 reconnect study with bremelanotide for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (FSD).
"We are pleased to launch reconnectstudy.com, a website where women suffering from FSD can go to learn more about their symptoms and a potential new treatment option," said Carl Spana, President and Chief Executive Officer of Palatin. "There are no approved treatments for female sexual dysfunction, which affects more than 40% of women in the United States. We hope women find reconnectstudy.com to be a valuable resource."
The website provides a wealth of information for women, including FAQs on study design, qualification, participation and how to start the enrollment process. It explains that decreased sexual desire is a real medical condition, and provides several personal experiences of women who currently suffer from FSD. It raises awareness of female sexual health and provides information for women interested in participating in a clinical research study designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of bremelanotide, a take "as needed" investigational medication for premenopausal women with decreased sexual desire. More information is available at reconnectstudy.com.
Palatin initiated Protocols 301 and 302 of its phase 3 clinical trial reconnect study in the United States and Canada for the treatment of FSD in December 2014 and January 2015. Each pivotal trial of the reconnect study is a multicenter (~80 sites), randomized, placebo controlled, parallel-group, eight month trial with an open-label extension phase. The clinical trials are designed to randomize approximately 1100 women (~550 each trial) to evaluate efficacy and safety of subcutaneous bremelanotide in premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) as an on-demand, as-needed treatment. More information on the trial protocol, including trial design and inclusion/exclusion criteria, can be found at http://clinicaltrials.gov.
About Bremelanotide for Female Sexual Dysfunction
Palatin is developing bremelanotide subcutaneous for the treatment of FSD in premenopausal women diagnosed with FSD. Bremelanotide, which is a melanocortin agonist (a compound which binds to a cell receptor and triggers a response) drug candidate, is a synthetic peptide analog of the naturally occurring hormone alpha-MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone).
About Female Sexual Dysfunction
Female Sexual Dysfunction covers multi-factorial conditions that have anatomical, physiological, medical, psychological and social components. We will seek approval of bremelanotide for the largest category of FSD, hypoactive sexual desire disorder. To establish a diagnosis of FSD, one or more of the disorders making up FSD must be associated with personal distress, as determined by the affected women.i A study of more than 30,000 U.S. women in 2008 reported an age-adjusted point prevalence of sexual difficulties causing personal distress in 12 percent of respondents.ii
There are no drugs in the United States approved for the treatment of FSD. Bremelanotide is an on-demand, as-needed treatment and has the potential to transform the treatment of patients with FSD.
About Palatin Technologies
Palatin Technologies, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical need and commercial potential. Palatin's strategy is to develop products and then form marketing collaborations with industry leaders in order to maximize their commercial potential. For additional information regarding Palatin, please visit Palatin's website at http://www.palatin.com.
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements about future expectations of Palatin Technologies, Inc., such as statements about potential clinical trial results with bremelanotide, potential actions by regulatory agencies in the United States or Europe relating to bremelanotide, regulatory plans, development programs and the market potential of bremelanotide are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Palatin intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause Palatin's actual results to be materially different from its historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Palatin's actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements for reasons including, but not limited to, the ability of Palatin to enter into one or more agreements relating to the commercialization of bremelanotide, results of nonclinical, preclinical and toxicology studies, result of clinical trials, regulatory actions by the FDA and other regulatory agencies and the need for regulatory approvals, Palatin's ability to fund development of its technology and establish and successfully complete clinical trials, the length of time and cost required to complete clinical trials and submit applications for regulatory approvals, products developed by competing pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, commercial acceptance of Palatin's products, and other factors discussed in Palatin's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Palatin is not responsible for updating for events that occur after the date of this press release.
i Frank J et al. Diagnosis and Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction. AmFam Physician 2008; 77(5): 635-642.
ii Shifren JL et al. Sexual Problems and Distress in United States Women: Prevalence and Correlates. ObstetGynecol 2008;112 (5); 968-9.
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