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Tetra Bio-Pharma Hits Another Milestone Before Year End

  • Tetra will accelerate its Inhaled synthetic THC drug approvals under a 505(b)(2) marketing application pathway
  • FDA confirms clinical development program to support marketing application of Tetra's inhaled innovative THC drug

OTTAWA, ON / ACCESSWIRE / December 16, 2020 / Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. ("Tetra" or the "Company") (TSX:TBP)(OTCQB:TBPMF), a leader in cannabinoid-derived drug discovery and development, today announced it conducted a Type B meeting with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an inhaled THC-based innovative drug for the treatment of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). This new drug will be part of Tetra's global commercialization strategy to maintain a lead position in the treatment of CINV in patients with cancer who have failed to respond adequately to conventional anti-vomiting treatments. This inhaled THC drug, along with the Dronabinol Adversa® drug product, will target global markets.

Last week, Tetra completed a new Pre-IND meeting with the FDA for the inhaled THC drug. The 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway supports accelerated development of a drug to market as it relies partially on published literature references and data previously reviewed by the FDA for the approval of a separate application.

The FDA reviewed and provided guidance on the proposed clinical program for the inhaled THC drug. The FDA stated that the study design appeared generally reasonable to compare the bioavailability between the proposed inhaled product and the listed drug (i.e., Marinol®) and assessed the dose proportionality for the inhaled THC drug product. In addition, they agreed that the proposed phase 2 study population (adult patients going through chemotherapy who have failed to respond adequately to anti-vomiting treatments) is reasonable. Tetra proposed a phase 2 trial to show a superior safety profile while maintaining the efficacy of the reference approved drug Marinol®. This will be important for maintaining a market lead over any new dronabinol competing products that emerge.

Furthermore, the Dronabinol Adversa® drug product (also known as PPP-002) is also eligible for the 505(b)(2) New Drug Application (NDA) regulatory pathway as previously announced in September and October 2018.

"The addition of an inhaled THC product to our CINV portfolio will further expand our product offer to all patients affected by nausea while receiving chemotherapy. The different route of administration whether it is bucco adhesive (Adversa®) or through inhalation will offer healthcare professionals and patients more flexibility to administer or receive a cannabinoid-derived medicine. The inhaled THC product will be delivered through our class two medical device vaporizer, similar to the one used with QIXLEEF™ and CAUMZ™. Our plan is to include the use of the device to our 505(b)(2) application at no additional cost. This regulatory pathway will allow us to efficiently bring our inhaled THC innovative drug to the US market", said Guy Chamberland, CEO and CRO of Tetra Bio-Pharma.

"In 2021 we will have a transformative and pivotal change going from a pre-revenue biotech company into a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with revenue to help fund further drug development. We know that our investors have waited quite a while for this phase and we are confident that our extensive and innovative CINV portfolio will yield the expected results. We are currently working on a forecast methodology to establish the inhaled THC market potential. Finally, the product differentiation between the Dronabinol Adversa® version and the inhaled THC version will be easily achieved as we finalize the Marketing Strategy", said Steeve Néron, CCO of Tetra Bio Pharma.

About Tetra Bio-Pharma
Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSX:TBP)(OTCQB:TBPMF), is a biopharmaceutical leader in cannabinoid-based drug discovery and development with a FDA and a Health Canada approved clinical program aimed at bringing novel prescription drugs and treatments to patients and their healthcare providers. Our evidence-based scientific approach has enabled us to develop a pipeline of cannabinoid-based drug products for a range of medical conditions, including pain, inflammation, and oncology. With patients at the core of what we do, Tetra Bio-Pharma is focused on providing rigorous scientific validation and safety data required for inclusion into the existing biopharma industry by regulators, physicians and insurance companies.

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