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OREXIGEN THERAPEUTICS, INC. filed this Form S-1/A on 04/09/2007
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surveillance programs to monitor the effect of approved products which have been commercialized, and the FDA has the power to prevent or limit further marketing of a product based on the results of these postmarketing programs. Drugs may be marketed only for the approved indications and in accordance with the provisions of the approved label. Further, if there are any modifications to the drug, including changes in indications, labeling, or manufacturing processes or facilities, we may be required to submit and obtain FDA approval of a new or supplemental NDA, which may require us to develop additional data or conduct additional preclinical studies and clinical trials.
Section 505(b)(2) New Drug Applications
As an alternate path to FDA approval for modifications to formulations of products previously approved by the FDA, an applicant may file an NDA under Section 505(b)(2) of the FFDCA. Section 505(b)(2) was enacted as part of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act. This statutory provision permits the filing of an NDA where at least some of the information required for approval comes from studies not conducted by or for the applicant and for which the applicant has not obtained a right of reference. The Hatch-Waxman Act permits the applicant to rely upon the FDA’s findings of safety and effectiveness based on certain preclinical or clinical studies. The FDA may then approve the new product candidate for all or some of the label indications for which the referenced product has been approved, as well as for any new indication sought by the Section 505(b)(2) applicant. We intend to submit our initial NDAs for Contrave and Empatic under Section 505(b)(2), based on the extensive safety information that has been collected for the approved drug products that are incorporated in these product candidates. To the extent that a Section 505(b)(2) application relies on the FDA’s finding of safety and effectiveness of a previously-approved drug, the applicant is required to certify to the FDA concerning any patents listed for the approved product in the FDA’s publication called “Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations,” otherwise known as the “Orange Book.” Specifically, the applicant must certify when the application is submitted that: (1) there is no patent information listed; (2) the listed patent has expired; (3) the listed patent has not expired, but will expire on a particular date and approval is sought after patent expiration; or (4) the listed patent is invalid or will not be infringed by the manufacture, use or sale of the studies conducted for an approved product. The FDA may also require companies to perform additional studies or measurements to support the change from the approved product. A certification that the new product will not infringe the already approved product’s Orange Book listed patents or that such patents are invalid is called a paragraph IV certification. If the applicant has provided a paragraph IV certification to the FDA, the applicant must also send notice of the paragraph IV certification to the patent holder and the NDA holder. When we file our NDAs for Contrave and Empatic, we intend to make paragraph IV certifications that our products do not infringe the bupropion patents listed in the Orange Book and send the appropriate notice to the patent holder and NDA holder. In the event that the patent holder or NDA holder files a patent infringement lawsuit against us within 45 days of its receipt of our paragraph IV certification, such lawsuit would automatically prevent the FDA from approving our Section 505(b)(2) NDA until the earliest of 30 months, expiration of the patent (2013), settlement of the lawsuit or a decision in the infringement case that is favorable to us. Any such patent infringement lawsuit could be costly, take a substantial amount of time to resolve and divert management resources.
PDUFA, which has been reauthorized twice and is likely to be reauthorized again before the submission of the NDA for either Contrave or Empatic, requires the payment of user fees with the submission of NDAs, including 505(b)(2) NDAs. These application fees are substantial ($896,200 in the FDA’s Fiscal Year 2007) and will likely increase in future years. The statute provides for waiver of the application fee for the first NDA for a small business under certain circumstance, and we may meet the requirements for this waiver for our first NDA. If we obtain FDA approval for either Contrave or Empatic, we could obtain three years of Hatch-Waxman marketing exclusivity for such product, assuming we obtain the first approval for either product candidate for the indication supported by the clinical studies we conducted. Under this form of exclusivity, the FDA would be precluded from approving a marketing application for a duplicate drug product (for example, a product that incorporates the change or innovation represented by our product) for a period of three years, although the FDA may accept and commence review of such applications. However, this form of exclusivity might not prevent the FDA from approving an NDA that relies on its own clinical data to support