In a May 13 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Ed Arce reported that for Nabriva Therapeutics Plc (NBRV:NASDAQ), "all eyes [are] on [its] Aug. 19, 2019 lefamulin PDUFA date," around which time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve the antibiotic for the treatment of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
Approval will be based on positive Phase 3 data from the LEAP 1 and LEAP 2 trials and the FDA not requiring an advisory committee (Ad Com) meeting, Arce pointed out. Additionally, the fact that lefamulin can be delivered in an outpatient setting, orally or intravenous-to-orally, is significantly advantageous in that it eliminates the need for hospitalization of these pneumonia patients, which can cost about $2,500 a day. Also, the FDA accepted Nabriva's new drug applications for lefamulin in both formulations based on a six-month priority review target.
Were the FDA to approve lefamulin, Nabriva likely would launch U.S. sales soon after and reach domestic peak sales of an estimated $460 million by 2026, highlighted Arce.
With respect to the commercialization of lefamulin in Europe, Nabriva submitted in early May amarketing authorization application to the European Medicines Agency for approval, Arce noted. If approval is secured, which H.C. Wainwright expects, the antibiotic would likely hit the European Union market in about mid-2020.
Regarding another Nabriva asset, Contepo (fosfomycin), an injected treatment for complicated urinary tract infections, Arce indicated the company most likely will request a Type A meeting with the FDA to address the complete response letter it issued regarding the company's market application for approval.
If the meeting is granted, the FDA would likely "discuss concerns and potential remedies of the manufacturing deficiencies" and decide whether to categorize Contepo's new drug application resubmission as a Class 1, which has a two-month target review time frame, or as a Class 2, with a six-month window, Arce explained. It's expected that Nabriva, at the meeting, would address all of the FDA's concerns to resume the regulatory approval process of Contepo.
Finally, Arce reported that Nabriva ended Q1/19 with $91.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, enough to cover operations through Q2/20, according to management. Also, during the first quarter, the company generated $9.7 million in net proceeds from the sale of common shares.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and a $7 per share price target on Nabriva, whose stock is currently trading at around $2.76 per share.[NLINSERT]
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