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03-04 2020

NDA Filing for Luye Pharma’s Antidepressant Drug LY03005 Accepted by the U.S. FDA

Author:Luye Life Sciences

Luye Pharma Group has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed and accepted the filing of a New Drug Application (NDA) for LY03005, a new chemical drug for the treatment of major depressive disorder. LY03005 is the company's second drug in the central nervous system (CNS) therapeutic area currently in the U.S. FDA’s NDA phase.

LY03005 is an exclusive CNS product developed under Luye Pharma’s New Chemical and Therapeutic Entities (NCE/NTE) R&D platform, and is a serotonin-norepinephrine-dopamine triple reuptake inhibitor (SNDRI), with one of the active metabolites being a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Luye Pharma has obtained patents covering the chemical compound, crystal form and formulation of LY03005. The patents relating to the chemical compound and crystal form have been granted in target markets such as China, the U.S., Europe, Japan and Korea.

Depression is one of the most common CNS diseases, with more than 300 million patients around the world. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. According to the data from IQVIA, the market size for anti-depressants in the U.S. in 2018 was USD 4.74 billion, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% from 2016 to 2018.

Patients using traditional anti-depressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are typically associated with disadvantages such as anhedonia, sexual dysfunction and the inability to improve cognitive impairment. Compared with traditional anti-depressants, SNDRI is expected to be relatively beneficial in helping preserve patients’ sexual function, as well as maintain a better safety profile, produce a more rapid onset and provide better efficacy, addressing currently unmet medical needs.

“The global patient population affected by depression and other CNS diseases is large and growing, with serious distress caused by these diseases greatly affecting both patients and their families. We look forward to bringing more high-quality and innovative drugs to the market, helping these patients in need", said a senior management representative from Luye Pharma Group.

The CNS therapeutic area is one of Luye Pharma’s core therapeutic areas. The company has formed a robust product pipeline in this field, covering depression, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer's disease, among others, with a number of investigational drugs already in the late clinical trials and NDA phase in the U.S. and Europe and other major global markets. The company is working tirelessly to accelerate the development and launch of these drugs in order to benefit more patients worldwide.

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