• In the final analysis of the Phase 3 cinical study conducted by Veru Inc., sabizabulin showed a 51.6% reduction in deaths compared to placebo in hospitalized adult patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 who are at high risk for ARDS

  • Sabizabulin also showed a significant reduction of days in ICU, days on mechanical ventilation and days in the hospital

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, January 26, 2023 – Valeo Pharma Inc. (TSX: VPH, OTCQB: VPHIF, FSE: VP2) (“Valeo” or the “Company”), a fast-growing Canadian pharmaceutical company, announced today that Health Canada has accepted for review Veru’s New Drug Submission (“NDS-CV”) for sabizabulin for COVID-19. Sabizabulin is a novel dual antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent being developed for the treatment of hospitalized moderate to severe COVID-19 adult patients at high risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and death.   

“Health Canada’s filing acceptance of Veru’s NDS-CV application for sabizabulin is the first important regulatory milestone in the drug approval process. Given the current number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the burden on provincial healthcare systems, there is a need to continually seek innovative treatment options,” said Steve Saviuk, CEO. “We will continue working closely with Veru to ensure, if approved, access to sabizabulin at the earliest possible time.”

The Phase 3 COVID-19 clinical trial of sabizabulin was a double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial conducted in 204 hospitalized COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 (≥ WHO 4-supplemental oxygen) at high risk for ARDS and death. The primary endpoint was the proportion of deaths by Day 60. Patients in both treatment groups were allowed to receive standard of care treatment, including remdesivir, dexamethasone, anti-IL6 receptor antibodies and JAK inhibitors. Based on a planned interim analysis of the first 150 patients randomized, the Independent Data Monitoring Committee unanimously recommended to halt the study early for clear clinical efficacy and no safety concerns were identified. Treatment with sabizabulin 9 mg once daily, an oral, first-in-class, new chemical entity, microtubule disruptor that has dual anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, resulted in a clinically meaningful and statistically significant 55.2% relative reduction in deaths compared to placebo. The results of the interim analysis were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Evidence. In the final analysis of all 204 patients, sabizabulin demonstrated a statistically significant 51.6% relative reduction in deaths compared to placebo. Sabizabulin was well tolerated.

Valeo previously announced in September 2022 that Veru and Valeo had entered into an agreement under which Valeo is the commercial partner for Veru’s product candidate sabizabulin for COVID-19 in Canada.

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