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Minerva (NASDAQ: NERV): New Drug For Schizophrenia Under Review In February 2024


Minerva Neurosciences’ Roluperidone Under FDA Review: A Potential Game-Changer for Schizophrenia Treatment

Minerva Neurosciences Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has announced that its New Drug Application (NDA) for Roluperidone, a novel treatment for negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, has been accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date.

Roluperidone: A New Hope for Schizophrenia Patients

Roluperidone is an investigational drug that has been shown to block serotonin, sigma, and α-adrenergic receptors, all of which are involved in the regulation of important brain functions, including mood, cognition, sleep, and anxiety. Unlike first- and second-generation antipsychotics, Roluperidone was designed to avoid a direct blockade of dopaminergic receptors, while maintaining blockade of a specific subtype of serotonin receptor called 5-HT 2A.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and debilitating mental illness affecting 20 million people worldwide. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, such as social withdrawal and lack of motivation, can cause significant disability and adversely impact the quality of life. Currently, there is no approved treatment in the U.S. specifically targeting these negative symptoms.

Roluperidone’s Journey to FDA Approval

The journey of Roluperidone towards FDA approval has been marked by rigorous clinical trials. Roluperidone has been tested in three clinical trials involving patients suffering from schizophrenia. The most recent trial, a Phase 3 study, demonstrated improvement in negative symptoms after treatment with Roluperidone compared to placebo.

The FDA’s acceptance of the NDA filing for Roluperidone marks a significant milestone for Minerva Neurosciences. “The filing of the NDA is an important event for Minerva and a step forward to our goal to treat those patients suffering negative symptoms of schizophrenia. If approved, we believe Roluperidone could be an important new option to address the serious unmet need faced by that group of patients with schizophrenia whose negative symptoms are a major source of disability and adversely impact their daily quality of life,” said Dr. Remy Luthringer, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Minerva.

Market Impact and Future Prospects

If approved, Roluperidone is expected to make a significant impact on the pharmaceutical market. Prior to the recent developments, it was assumed that Roluperidone would launch in Q3 2023 in the US and generate $70.3 million in sales by 2031. However, the drug faces competition from Acadia Pharmaceutical’s Nuplazid, which is being developed as an adjunctive therapy to atypical antipsychotics to target the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and is anticipated to launch in the US in Q4 2025.

Despite the competition, the potential approval of Roluperidone represents a significant advancement in the treatment of schizophrenia, particularly for patients suffering from negative symptoms. As we await the FDA’s decision, the medical community remains hopeful for this promising new treatment option.

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