TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 29, 2015) - Revive Therapeutics Ltd. ("Revive" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RVV) is pleased to announce the initiation of a Phase II-A clinical study in patients with gout in the U.S. The initiation of the Phase II-A study for gout follows Revive's recent announcement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has accepted the Company's Investigational New Drug Application ("IND") to commence a clinical trial for REV-002 (Bucillamine) for the treatment of gout.

The Phase II-A study is an open-label, multicenter, active-controlled, parallel-group clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of two doses of Bucillamine compared with low-dose Colchicine in the treatment of patients with acute gout flare. The study will be performed in a total of sixty-six eligible patients, who are confirmed with qualifying gout flare, and who will be randomized in a 1:1:1 allocation ratio to either Bucillamine low dose, Bucillamine high dose or Colchicine treatments over a seven day treatment period. The primary efficacy endpoint will be the proportion of patients who responded to treatment. Treatment responders are defined as a ≥ 50% reduction in target joint pain score from baseline at 72 hours post dose without using rescue drug. The secondary efficacy endpoint will be the proportion of patients with ≥ 50% reduction in target joint pain score from baseline at 24 hours and 48 hours post dose without using rescue drug. Exploratory endpoints will also include measurement parameters in uric acid, C-reactive protein, Interleukin-1beta, and Interlleukin-6.

Although gout is a treatable condition, there are limited treatment options, many of which have adverse side effects. Drug treatment for gout includes anti-inflammatory agents (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, colchicine) and serum urate-lowering therapies, which work by lowering body stores of uric acid. Treatment of gouty inflammation is complicated by the fact that gout patients have a high incidence of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities. Common comorbidities include hypertension (70-80%), coronary artery disease (>30-40%), chronic kidney disease (~30-50%), diabetes (~25-40%), gastrointestinal tract diseases, and congestive heart failure (Source: Keenan, RT et. al., Prevalence of contraindications and prescription of pharmacologic therapies for gout. Am. J. Med. 2011, 124: 155-163). Managing patients with these comorbidities is challenging because many of them are contraindicated for medications currently available to treat gout. For example, corticosteroids can cause hypertension and worsening of blood sugar, and NSAIDs have substantial renal and cardiovascular toxicity. A majority of gout patients harbor moderate to strong contraindications to multiple first-line gout treatment medications.

"I am very pleased to see Revive enter its next chapter in the clinical development program for gout with the FDA acceptance of its IND and the initiation of the Phase II-A study in the U.S." said Dr. Robert Terkeltaub, MD, Clinical Advisor for Revive. "There remains significant unmet need for novel therapies targeted towards preventing and/or treating gouty inflammation and lowering serum uric acid levels. The majority of gout patients have comorbidities that increase adverse events and potential drug interactions of the current generation of therapeutics for gout. Hence agents that can successfully control gout, without inducing more drug-related gout flares and adverse events, will be particularly welcome options in managing patients with gout. Revive's drug candidate, REV-002, merits investigation for clinical care and outcomes in gout patients."

"The initiation of the Phase II-A study marks another important milestone for Revive," says Fabio Chianelli, Chief Executive Officer of Revive. "I am very excited to advance our gout treatment into human clinical trials in the U.S. and I look forward to updating the investment and medical communities on our developments as they arise."

About Gout

There were 14.3 million diagnosed prevalent cases of chronic gout in the major pharmaceutical markets in 2012, which is forecast to increase to 17.7 million by 2021 (Source: Decision Resources 2012). The prevalence of gout in the U.S. affects approximately 8.3 million (~3.9%) of American adults (Source: Arthritis Rheum. 2011 Oct; 63(10):3136-41). It is estimated that the gout disease treatment market value will increase from $989 million in 2013 to $2.28 billion by 2018 (Source: GlobalData 2014). Gout is a painful disorder caused by elevated serum uric acid (sUA) in the body due to under excretion of uric acid and/or over production of uric acid. Most patients on the most commonly employed regimens for uric acid lowering fail to achieve a satisfactory serum urate level. Poor control of gout can lead to acute attacks of severe pain, and chronic joint damage and impairment of health related quality of life. Accordingly, there are needs in the market for new therapies to control gouty inflammation and hyperuricemia.

About REV-002

REV-002 (Bucillamine) is being repurposed by Revive as a potential new treatment for gout. Bucillamine is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug, which is prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis in Japan and South Korea. In animal studies for gout, it has been shown that REV-002 limits inflammation alone and in combination with colchicine, and at higher doses it lowers uric acid especially in combination with allopurinol. REV-002 will be evaluated in a Phase II-A clinical study in patients with gout in the U.S.

About Revive Therapeutics Ltd.

Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RVV) is focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing treatments for major market opportunities such as gout, Rett syndrome, a rare disease, and post-operative pain. Revive aims to bring drugs to market by finding new uses for old drugs, also known as drug repurposing, and improving the therapeutic performance of existing drugs for underserved medical needs. Additional information on Revive is available at


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Revive Therapeutics Ltd.
Fabio Chianelli
Chief Executive Officer
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