Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Clinical Trial Evaluating OPNT001 in Bulimia Nervosa
“Bulimia Nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder for which new treatment options are desperately needed,” said Janet Treasure OBE, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London, and principal investigator of the study. “Compulsive bingeing has features in common with other addiction disorders, providing strong rationalization for the use of opioid antagonists to mitigate the frequency of these harmful behaviors. OPNT001 is absorbed rapidly, and allows for potential targeted dosing, which we believe could address the unique needs of patients suffering from this serious disorder.”
“We continue to leverage our expertise in nasally-delivered opioid antagonists, which led to the successful development of NARCAN® Nasal Spray for opioid overdose, to address broader chronic addiction disorders with large and undertreated patient populations,” said
This Phase 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study will enroll up to 80 patients in the
About Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder affecting mainly females, and is characterized by binge eating followed by purging, fasting, and other strategies to prevent weight gain. It has a lifetime prevalence of 1-2%, and patients are at a heightened risk of other mental disorders including depression, anxiety and problems with drug and alcohol. The mainstay of treatment is psychotherapy using cognitive behavioral therapy, but this is associated with only moderate treatment success and high relapse rates. Fluoxetine is currently the only
The wide variety of individual response to treatment, combined with moderate success of even the most effective treatment approaches, highlights a strong need to develop new and more effective treatments. Research suggests that treatments based on the addiction model of bingeing may be of benefit. Thus, many experts view binge eating as a form of addictive behavior to foods high in sugar, salt and fat. Furthermore, individuals with “food addiction” exhibit similar patterns of brain activation in response to both the anticipation and receipt of food. This pattern is similar to that observed in patients with drug and alcohol addiction/use disorders.
OPNT-001 is Opiant’s proprietary nasal naloxone technology. The product is covered by three FDA Orange Book-listed patents. PET imaging and promising pharmacokinetic data, which demonstrate rapid absorption, render it uniquely suitable for targeted dosing.
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