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Melt Pharmaceuticals Improves Patent Estate for Sublingual Non-Opioid Pain and Sedation Formulations
Issuance of new patents strengthens the intellectual property around Melt Pharmaceuticals’ flagship drug candidate and potential label extensions
SAN DIEGO and BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Melt Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company recently deconsolidated from Harrow Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: HROW), today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark office has issued two additional patents covering the company’s innovative sublingual, non-opioid pain and sedation formulations. U.S. Patents 10,166,240 and 10,179,136 relate to methods of use, formulation compositions and methods to manufacture the same, which the company intends to commercialize through its MELT-100 program and other planned drug development initiatives. Both new patents have expiration dates in 2036.
About Melt Pharmaceuticals
Melt Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of patented non-opioid and non-intravenous (or non-IV) sedation and anesthesia therapeutics for human medical procedures in hospital, outpatient, and in-office settings. Melt intends to seek regulatory approval through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway for these proprietary technologies. Melt’s core technology is a series of combination non-opioid sedation drug formulations that may replace or supplement current sedation modalities for more than 100 million medical procedures in the United States.
Melt Pharmaceuticals’ vision is to be the leading provider of non-opioid, non-intravenous conscious sedation and analgesia pharmaceuticals used for human medical procedures in hospital, outpatient, and in-office settings.
MELT-100 is the patented lead drug candidate of Melt Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and was developed as a means for providing moderate conscious sedation without an IV or opioids for patients undergoing cataract surgery and other in-office, out-patient and hospital-based procedures. The MELT-100 drug candidate is designed to be administered sublingually, whereby the medication dissolves under the tongue for absorption into the bloodstream. If approved, Harrow Health, Inc. is entitled to receive royalties on the sales of MELT-100.
About Harrow Health
Harrow Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: HROW) owns a portfolio of healthcare businesses, including the nation’s leading ophthalmology pharmaceutical compounding business, ImprimisRx. The company holds large equity positions in Eton Pharmaceuticals, Surface Pharmaceuticals, Melt Pharmaceuticals, Mayfield Pharmaceuticals and Radley Pharmaceuticals, all companies founded as subsidiaries of Harrow Health. The Company also owns royalty rights in certain 505(b)(2) drug candidates being developed by Eton, Surface, Melt, Mayfield and Radley. Harrow intends to create, invest in and grow paradigm shifting health care businesses that put patients first. For more information about Harrow Health, please visit the Investor Relations section of the corporate website by clicking here.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements in this release that are not historical facts may be considered such "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially and adversely from the statements contained herein. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those predicted include our ability to make commercially available our compounded formulations and technologies in a timely manner or at all; physician interest in prescribing our formulations; risks related to our compounding pharmacy operations; our ability to enter into other strategic alliances, including arrangements with pharmacies, physicians and healthcare organizations for the development and distribution of our formulations; our ability to obtain intellectual property protection for our assets; our ability to accurately estimate our expenses and cash burn, and raise additional funds when necessary; risks related to research and development activities; the projected size of the potential market for our technologies and formulations; unexpected new data, safety and technical issues; regulatory and market developments impacting compounding pharmacies, outsourcing facilities and the pharmaceutical industry; competition; and market conditions. These and additional risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Harrow Health’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Such documents may be read free of charge on the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by law, Harrow Health undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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