In an Aug. 20 research note, analyst Ed Arce reported that H.C. Wainwright & Co. raised its target price on Nabriva Therapeutics Plc (NBRV:NASDAQ) to $8 per share from $7 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Nabriva's Xenleta (lefamulin) for the treatment of adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP). Nabriva is trading now at around $1.80 per share. The biopharma plans to launch Xenleta commercially this September.
Arce discussed Xenleta and its approval. Treatment with Xenleta can be administered intravenously at 150 milligrams (150 mg) in 60-minute infusions every 12 hours for five to seven days or orally at 600 mg every 12 hours for five days.
Xenleta is the first intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotic with a novel mechanism of action that the FDA approved for CABP in nearly 20 years. Xenleta is the first of its kind, a pleuromutilin, of a new class of antibiotics.
Arce described Nabriva's approach to positioning and selling Xenleta in the U.S. The biopharma intends to market Xenleta as a first-line monotherapy for high-risk CABP patients, ones with several co-morbidities or who are elderly. "We believe Xenleta's IV to bioequivalent oral formulation could enable physicians to seamlessly transition a patient's treatment from the inpatient setting to oral dosing that may be self-administered upon discharge," Arce commented.
For physicians, Arce wrote, Nabriva has a plan in place to make antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) available during Xenleta's launch. Before AST becomes available, slated for Q4/19, however, the observational bacterial evaluation program NOBEL will "provide research-use only materials to evaluate susceptibility information for over 700 hospitals," Arce explained. Subsequently, physicians can access "ASTs in disk and strip formats and automated testing platforms" when deciding if Xenleta is or is not the appropriate CABP treatment in specific cases, noted Arce.
As for Xenleta sales, "overall, Nabriva is targeting all stakeholders of the healthcare system in order to maximize Xenleta's early market traction," indicated Arce. Initially, for the first 15 months, the biopharma plans to use 60 sales representatives to cover about 900 accounts. The company already has a distribution network in place for delivery of Xenleta to hospitals along with specialty and direct-to-patient pharmacies.
Also, Nabriva intends to develop an educational and support platform for patients and healthcare providers called Rx Connect. Finally, it will initiate a co-pay assistance program.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating on Nabriva Therapeutics.[NLINSERT]
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