DEVON, Pa., March 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatments, today announced that it has completed enrollment in the Phase 2 STAR 1 (Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Epilepsy) clinical trial evaluating ZYN002 cannabidiol (CBD) gel in adult epilepsy patients with refractory focal seizures. The Company also announced that enrollment has completed in the Phase 2 STOP (Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Knee Pain due to Osteoarthritis) clinical trial evaluating ZYN002 CBD gel for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
In the double-blind, multi-center STAR 1 trial, 224 patients with refractory epilepsy were screened and the Company expects to exceed the target of randomizing 180 patients once the remaining patients complete the 8-week baseline period. The screen failure rate experienced for this trial has been between 10% - 15%. The primary endpoint for the STAR 1 trial will assess the median percentage change in seizure frequency over the 12-week treatment period.
In the double-blind, multi-center STOP trial, 418 patients with osteoarthritis knee pain were screened and the Company has already exceeded the target of randomizing 300 patients. Additional patients still in the baseline period are expected to be randomized as well and the screen failure rate experienced for this trial has been between 20% - 25%. The primary endpoint for the STOP trial will assess the change from baseline in the weekly mean of the 24-hour average of worst pain score.
“Reaching our target patient enrollment in the STAR 1 and STOP Phase 2 clinical studies represents key clinical milestones for Zynerba and we remain on-track to report top-line data for each trial in July/August of this year,” said Armando Anido, chairman and chief executive officer. “The rapid enrollment and significant interest in our trials is highly encouraging. We will continue working diligently to move these potential treatments through clinical and regulatory development as efficiently as possible.”
About Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ZYNE) is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing proprietary next-generation synthetic cannabinoid therapeutics formulated for transdermal delivery. Zynerba is developing therapeutic candidates based on proprietary transdermal technologies that, if successfully developed, may allow sustained, consistent and controlled delivery of therapeutic levels of two cannabinoids: cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Transdermal delivery has the potential to reduce adverse effects associated with oral dosing. ZYN002, the Company’s CBD gel, is the first and only synthetic CBD formulated as a patent-protected permeation-enhanced gel. In June 2016, the company initiated the Phase 2 STAR 1 (Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Epilepsy) clinical trial of ZYN002 CBD gel in refractory epilepsy patients with focal seizures, the most common form of epilepsy in adults. In August 2016, the Phase 2 STOP (Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Knee Pain due to Osteoarthritis) clinical trial in patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis was initiated. In December 2016, the Company initiated the exploratory Phase 2 FAB-C (Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome Anxiety and Behavioral Challenges with CBD) clinical trial in children with Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Zynerba is also developing ZYN001, which utilizes a synthetically manufactured pro-drug of THC. A Phase 1 clinical study for ZYN001 is planned to begin in the first half of 2017. Learn more at www.zynerba.com and follow the Company on Twitter at @ZynerbaPharma.
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