RedHill Biopharma Completes Acquisition of Movantik from AstraZeneca

RedHill Biopharma Ltd today announced that it has completed the recently announced acquisition of the global rights to Movantik (naloxegol) for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) from AstraZeneca.

RedHill Biopharma Ltd, a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on gastrointestinal diseases, today announced that it has completed the recently announced acquisition of the global rights, excluding Europe, Canada and Israel, to Movantik® (naloxegol), for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) from AstraZeneca.

“We are expanding the promotion of Movantik® with our current sales force of approximately 100 sales representatives. Given the excellent work that AstraZeneca has done to date, we expect a smooth transition of all commercial activities. We are excited for the opportunity to grow the call points for Movantik and offer more patients this preferred treatment for opioid-induced constipation,” said Rick Scruggs, Chief Commercial Officer of RedHill.

Adi Frish, Senior VP Business Development and Licensing of RedHill added, “We are delighted to add Movantik® to our GI-focused commercial basket. We will continue to aggressively drive both 3 organic and non-organic growth following the launches of Aemcolo and Talicia and the acquisition of Movantik®.”

Movantik® is the first oral peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist (PAMORA) approved in the U.S. for OIC. It is recommended by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) guidelines3 and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. OIC is the most prevalent and disabling adverse effect associated with opioid therapy, estimated to affect between 40-80% of the millions of patients taking chronic opioid therapy each year. Movantik® generated U.S. net sales of $96 million in 2019 and is the number one prescribed PAMORA. The acquisition of Movantik® was supported by a non-dilutive acquisition financing by HealthCare Royalty Partners (HCR).

About Movantik®

Movantik® is a proprietary once-daily oral PAMORA approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of OIC in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain, including patients with chronic pain related to prior cancer or its treatment who do not require frequent (e.g. weekly) opioid dosage escalation. Movantik® is the first oral PAMORA approved in the US for the treatment of OIC and is recommended by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) guidelines and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. Movantik® is part of the exclusive worldwide license agreement announced in 2009 between AstraZeneca and Nektar Therapeutics. It was developed using Nektar’s oral small-molecule polymer conjugate technology. Movantik® was first approved in 2014 and launched in the U.S. by AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo in 2015. Further information about Movantik® is available at: www.Movantik.com.

About Opioid-Induced Constipation

OIC is a condition caused by prescription opioid pain medicines. Opioids play an important role in chronic pain relief and work by binding to mu-receptors in the central nervous system, but they can also bind to mu-receptors in the bowel, which can result in patients suffering from OIC. OIC is the most prevalent and disabling adverse effect associated with opioid therapy, estimated to affect between 40-80% of the millions of patients taking chronic opioid therapy each year.

About RedHill Biopharma Ltd

RedHill Biopharma Ltd (Nasdaq: RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on gastrointestinal diseases. RedHill promotes the gastrointestinal drugs, Talicia for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in adults, Aemcolo for the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea in adults and Movantik for OIC in adults. RedHill’s key clinical late-stage development programs include: (i) RHB-104, with positive results from a first Phase 3 study for Crohn's disease; (ii) RHB-204, with a planned pivotal Phase 3 study for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections; (iii) RHB-102 (Bekinda), with positive results from a Phase 3 study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and positive results from a Phase 2 study for IBS-D; (iv) Opaganib (Yeliva), a first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor, targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications, with an ongoing Phase 1/2a study for cholangiocarcinoma; (v) RHB-106, an encapsulated bowel preparation, and (vi) RHB-107, a Phase 2-stage first-in-class, serine protease inhibitor, targeting cancer and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases. More information about the Company is available at www.redhillbio.com.

Important Safety Information About Movantik

Movantik® may cause serious side effects, including opioid withdrawal. You may have symptoms of opioid withdrawal during treatment with Movantik®, including sweating, chills, diarrhea, stomach pain, anxiety, irritability, and yawning. Patients taking methadone to treat their pain may be more likely to experience stomach pain and diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Severe Stomach Pain and/or Diarrhea. This can happen within a few days of starting Movantik® and can lead to hospitalization. If either of these side effects occurs, stop taking Movantik® and call your doctor immediately.

Tear in your stomach or intestinal wall (perforation). Stomach pain that is severe can be a sign of a serious medical condition. If you get stomach pain that gets worse or does not go away, stop taking Movantik® and get emergency medical help right away.

Do not take Movantik® if you:

  • Have a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction) or have a history of bowel blockage
  • Are allergic to Movantik® or any of the ingredients in Movantik®

Movantik® can interact with other medicines and cause side effects, including opioid withdrawal symptoms (see symptoms above). Tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start or stop any medicines during treatment with Movantik®

Before you take Movantik®, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have any stomach, bowel (intestines), kidney, or liver problems
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Taking Movantik® during pregnancy may cause opioid withdrawal symptoms in you or your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant during treatment with Movantik®
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Movantik® passes into your breast milk. Taking Movantik® while you are breastfeeding may cause opioid withdrawal in your baby. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take Movantik® or breastfeed. You should not breastfeed if you take Movantik®

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect the way Movantik® works. If you stop taking your opioid pain medicine, stop taking Movantik® and tell your doctor. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice during treatment with Movantik®. The most common side effects of Movantik® include: Stomach (abdomen) pain, diarrhea, nausea, gas, vomiting, headache, and excessive sweating.

Approved Use For Movantik®

Movantik® is a prescription medicine used to treat constipation that is caused by prescription pain medicines called opioids, in adults with long-lasting (chronic) pain that is not caused by active cancer.

SOURCE: RedHill Biopharma Ltd