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Agile Therapeutics stock climbs as FDA committee to meet with the company in October to review NDA for Twirla

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Agile Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AGRX) stock shot up Tuesday in premarket trade after it revealed its executives will meet with the US Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee in October to review the Company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for its lead product candidate Twirla.

Company executives will meet with members of the FDA’s Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee on October 30 to review the NDA for Twirla — a low-dose prescription contraceptive delivered through the skin via the company’s proprietary patch.

Investors cheered the news, sending shares of Twirla up 3.5% to $1.48 before the opening bell.

READ: Oppenheimer initiates Outperfrom rating on Agile Therapeutics, sees FDA approval of Twirla contraceptive

The Princeton, New Jersey-based women’s health-care company announced last month that the FDA has accepted for review its new drug application resubmission for Twirla. The company had originally submitted an application for FDA approval in June 2017, but the agency kicked it back and asked for more data.

Agile resubmitted the NDA for Twirla (AG200-15) on May 16, 2019 and the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date of November 16, 2019 for the completion of its review of Twirla.

Earlier this month, analysts at Oppenheimer said Agile appears to have settled its issues with the FDA and Twirla could be a big revenue-maker for the company.

“We look forward to the October 30, 2019 meeting with the advisory committee, as well as to continuing our dialogue with the FDA about Twirla and the important data, which we believe supports its approval,” said Agile Therapeutics CEO Al Altomari. “This is another key step towards providing an important contraceptive option for women today.” 

Currently there’s only one US government-approved contraceptive patch available to women — Xulane, which is produced by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MYL).

Analysts believe Twirla is safer than Xulane, given the latter’s issues with high estrogen levels and possible blood clots. They also think women will find Twirla more user-friendly than Xulane, which had gross sales of $271 million in 2018.  

Twirla is designed to be applied once weekly for three weeks, followed by a week without a patch. The company has eight patents covering Twirla, which is as effective as taking the pill. It’s active ingredients are ethinyl estradiol, a type of synthetic estrogen, and levonorgestrel, a type of progestin.

Contact Uttara Choudhury at [email protected]

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