SEATTLE, Wash. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 23, 2019 — Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHV), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on nicotine addiction, today announced it has extended its strategic collaboration with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the extended collaboration, the NIH is funding and providing research efforts to conduct additional non-clinical studies as requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be included in the cytisinicline New Drug Application (NDA).
“Given the research results to date, we are extending our partnership with Achieve to aid in moving the science forward regarding this approach for smoking cessation,” said David Shurtleff, Ph.D., NCCIH Deputy Director. “Smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death around the world, and new treatment options have the potential to complement existing evidence-based cessation strategies.”
In discussions with the FDA in 2018, it was determined that a Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) non-clinical reproductive study would be required to support the NDA submission. NCCIH has agreed to sponsor this study which is expected to complete in 2020.
Previously under the collaboration, the NCCIH sponsored the GLP nonclinical studies that were required for the Investigational New Drug (IND) application in order to initiate clinical studies. These studies included genotoxicity testing, safety pharmacology, cardiac conduction studies, pharmacokinetics, toxicokinetics, and the required toxicology studies in two species. Combined fertility and developmental studies were also conducted and co-sponsored by the NCCIH and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in preparation for initiating the Phase 3 development program. In total, the NIH has committed approximately $6 million dollars to the development of cytisinicline.
Tobacco use is currently the leading cause of preventable death and is responsible for nearly seven million deaths annually worldwide. It is estimated that 28.7% of cancer deaths in the U.S. are attributable to cigarette smoking. Achieve’s focus is to address the global smoking health epidemic through the development and commercialization of cytisinicline.
Cytisinicline is a plant-based alkaloid with a high binding affinity to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. It is believed to aid in smoking cessation by interacting with nicotine receptors in the brain by reducing the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms and by reducing the reward and satisfaction associated with smoking.
As an approved, branded product in Central and Eastern Europe for more than two decades, it is estimated that over 20 million people have used cytisinicline to help combat nicotine addiction.
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