Reports enrollment of first patients for the second part of Phase 3 clinical trial in bunionectomy
TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PainReform Ltd. (Nasdaq: PRFX) (“PainReform” or the “Company“), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the reformulation of established therapeutics, today provided a business update for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.
Ilan Hadar, Chief Executive Officer of PainReform, stated, “We are pleased to report a number of recent milestones that have helped advance the clinical development of PRF-110, our lead drug candidate, targeting the post-operative extended pain relief market. Following success in the first part of our Phase 3 clinical trial of PRF-110, we initiated the second, larger part of the Phase 3 trial in bunionectomy. The first patients have now been enrolled in the second part of this trial, with Evolution Research Group (ERG) serving as our contract research organization (CRO). We look forward to continued enrollment of this trial, which will include up to 400 patients in the double-blind study at multiple clinical sites in the U.S., measuring pain reduction by PRF-110 over 72 hours compared with placebo and Naropin® (ropivacaine). Given the positive PK data in the first part of our Phase 3 trial and the favorable results of our prior Phase 2 data proof-of-concept clinical study, we are excited to take the next step on this journey to help address the nationwide opioid epidemic.”
Financial Results for Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023
Research and development expenses were $3.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $2.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increase was primarily due to an increase in payments for clinical trial costs and manufacturing costs that were offset by a decrease in consultant expenses
General and administrative expenses were $2.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $3.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease was mainly in insurance costs and certain professional services costs.
Financial income, net, was $1.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to financial expense, net, of $13,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increase in financial income was primarily due to a change in the valuation of warrants that were issued in July 2023 and recorded as a liability, and receipt of interest from deposits.
Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, was $4.5 million, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.
As of September 30, 2023, the Company had cash and short-term deposits of $8.6 million.
PainReform is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the reformulation of established therapeutics. PRF-110, the Company’s lead product is based on the local anesthetic ropivacaine, targeting the postoperative pain relief market. PRF-110 is an oil-based, viscous, clear solution that is deposited directly into the surgical wound bed prior to closure to provide localized and extended postoperative analgesia. The Company’s proprietary extended-release drug-delivery system is designed to provide an extended period of post-surgical pain relief without the need for repeated dose administration while reducing the potential need for the use of opiates. For more information, please visit www.painreform.com.
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