ROCKVILLE, Md., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA) announced today that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, an affiliate of Vanda's sublicensor Novartis Pharma AG, has initiated a clinical study to evaluate the long-acting injectable (or depot) formulation of Fanapt® (iloperidone). This is a Phase I study that will evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetic profiles of two different long-acting formulations of Fanapt® in patients with schizophrenia.
Under a 2009 agreement, Novartis has exclusive rights to the depot formulation of Fanapt® in the U.S. and Canada. Vanda has exclusive rights to the depot formulation outside the U.S. and Canada, but Novartis has the option to enter into discussions with Vanda to co-commercialize Fanapt® or receive sales royalties for such territory.
"We are very excited with the advance of the Fanapt® depot formulation into clinical studies," said Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D., Vanda's President and CEO. "A long-acting injectable formulation could offer a potential new option for patients with schizophrenia who might benefit from less frequent dosing compared to an oral medication."
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling mental disorder, characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception, and the sense of self. It often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. Schizophrenia typically begins in late adolescence or early adulthood and affects 2.4 million Americans or 1.1% of the U.S. adult population.
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Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of clinical-stage products for central nervous system disorders. For more on Vanda, please visit http://www.vandapharma.com.
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Various statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" under the securities laws. Words such as, but not limited to, "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "likely," "will," "would," and "could," and similar expressions or words, identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the company's forward-looking statements include, among others: the extent and effectiveness of the development, sales and marketing and distribution support Fanapt® receives; Vanda's ability to successfully commercialize Fanapt® outside of the U.S. and Canada; delays in the completion of Vanda's clinical trials; a failure of Vanda's products to be demonstrably safe and effective; Vanda's failure to obtain regulatory approval for its products or to comply with ongoing regulatory requirements for its products; a lack of acceptance of Vanda's products in the marketplace, or a failure to become or remain profitable; Vanda's expectations regarding trends with respect to its costs and expenses; Vanda's inability to obtain the capital necessary to fund additional research and development activities; Vanda's failure to identify or obtain rights to new products; Vanda's failure to develop or obtain sales, marketing and distribution resources and expertise or to otherwise manage its growth; limitations on Vanda's ability to utilize some or all of its prior net operating losses and research and development credits; a loss of any of Vanda's key scientists or management personnel; losses incurred from product liability claims made against Vanda; a loss of rights to develop and commercialize Vanda's products under its license and sublicense agreements and other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Vanda's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, which is on file with the SEC and available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/. In addition to the risks described above and in Vanda's annual report on Form 10-K, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Vanda's results. There can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Vanda will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Vanda. Therefore, no assurance can be given that the outcomes stated in such forward-looking statements and estimates will be achieved.
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