Axsome Therapeutics Presents Positive AXS-07 Phase 1 Trial Results at the 19th Congress of the International Headache Society

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

Dual mechanisms, rapid absorption and long half-life support therapeutic potential of AXS-07 in migraine

AXS-07 MOMENTUM Phase 3 trial ongoing in migraine patients with history of inadequate response to prior acute treatments

NEW YORK, Sept. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, will present positive results from a Phase 1 pharmacokinetic trial of AXS-07 (MoSEIC™ meloxicam and rizatriptan) at the 19th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHC) in Dublin on September 6, 2019. AXS-07 is Axsome’s novel, oral, investigational medicine with distinct dual mechanisms of action being developed for the acute treatment of migraine. Results of the Phase 1 trial demonstrated that AXS-07 is rapidly absorbed after oral administration, with the MoSEIC meloxicam component also displaying an extended plasma half-life, suggesting the potential for enhanced and sustained efficacy. These results support the ongoing MOMENTUM (Maximizing Outcomes in Treating Acute Migraine) Phase 3 trial of AXS-07 in migraine patients with a history of inadequate response to prior acute treatments.

The Phase 1 trial examined the pharmacokinetics of AXS-07 tablets (20 mg MoSEIC meloxicam/10 mg rizatriptan), and 10 mg standard rizatriptan in healthy volunteers. After oral administration of AXS-07, therapeutic plasma concentrations of MoSEIC meloxicam were attained in a median time of 17 minutes, the trial’s pre-specified primary endpoint, while maximum plasma concentrations of the rizatriptan component were reached in a median time of 38 minutes. These results suggest the potential for enhanced onset of action for AXS-07. In addition, the terminal half-life of MoSEIC meloxicam was 18 hours indicating the potential for sustained effect. With the administration of AXS-07, the absorption of rizatriptan was numerically faster, and the resulting plasma concentrations numerically greater, as compared to standard rizatriptan. AXS-07 was well tolerated with no relevant differences in safety profile across the two treatment arms. There were no serious adverse events in the study.

The efficacy of AXS-07 in the acute treatment of migraine is currently being evaluated in the ongoing MOMENTUM Phase 3 trial, in which patients are randomized to treatment with AXS-07, rizatriptan, MoSEIC meloxicam, or placebo. MOMENTUM is enrolling only patients with a history of inadequate response to prior acute treatments, assessed using the Migraine Treatment Optimization Questionnaire (mTOQ-4), and the majority of patients randomized to date also report associated allodynia (pain from a normally non-painful stimulus), reflecting a more treatment-resistant population.

The presentation at the IHC includes the Phase 1 trial results as well as information on the design and targeted patient population of the ongoing MOMENTUM Phase 3 trial. Below are the details of the poster presentation:

Title: AXS-07 (MoSEIC™ Meloxicam/Rizatriptan): Novel Oral Therapeutic in Clinical Development for the Acute Treatment of Migraine

Poster Number: IHC-PO-124

Date and Time: Friday, September 6, 2019, 11AM-12PM IST.

A copy of the poster presentation is available on the “Publications” page of the “Science” section of Axsome’s website at

Phase 1 Trial Design

The study was a randomized, parallel group trial to evaluate the pharmacokinetics and safety of AXS-07 tablets (20 mg MoSEIC™ meloxicam/10 mg rizatriptan), and 10 mg standard rizatriptan, after single-dose, oral administration in healthy volunteers. A total of 20 healthy volunteers were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to treatment with AXS-07 or standard rizatriptan, under fasting conditions. The primary endpoint was the time to therapeutic concentration of meloxicam.

About AXS-07

AXS-07 is a novel, oral, investigational medicine with distinct dual mechanisms of action under development for the acute treatment of migraine. AXS-07 consists of MoSEIC™ meloxicam and rizatriptan. Meloxicam is a new molecular entity for migraine enabled by Axsome’s MoSEIC (Molecular Solubility Enhanced Inclusion Complex) technology, which results in rapid absorption of meloxicam while maintaining a long plasma half-life. Meloxicam is a COX-2 preferential non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and rizatriptan is a 5-HT1B/D agonist. AXS-07 is designed to provide rapid, enhanced and consistent relief of migraine, with reduced symptom recurrence. AXS-07 is not approved by the FDA.

About Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders for which there are limited treatment options. Axsome’s core CNS product candidate portfolio includes four clinical-stage candidates, AXS-05, AXS-07, AXS-09, and AXS-12. AXS-05 is currently in a Phase 3 trial in treatment resistant depression (TRD), a Phase 3 trial in major depressive disorder (MDD), and a Phase 2/3 trial in agitation associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AXS-05 is also being developed for smoking cessation treatment. AXS-07 is currently in a Phase 3 trial for the acute treatment of migraine. AXS-12 is currently in a Phase 2 trial in narcolepsy. AXS-05, AXS-07, AXS-09, and AXS-12 are investigational drug products not approved by the FDA. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at The Company may occasionally disseminate material, nonpublic information on the company website.

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Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.
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