KemPharm Announces FDA Advisory Committee Meeting For Lead Abuse-Deterrent Drug Candidate KP201/APAP

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CORALVILLE, Iowa, March 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KemPharm, Inc. (NASDAQ:KMPH) today announced that a joint meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been scheduled for May 5, 2016, to review KemPharm’s New Drug Application (NDA) for KP201/APAP, its lead investigational drug candidate for the short-term management of acute pain.

KP201/APAP is a combination of KP201, KemPharm's prodrug of hydrocodone (benzhydrocodone hydrochloride), and acetaminophen (APAP), which is being developed as an abuse-deterrent immediate release prodrug of hydrocodone bitartrate/APAP.  The Company’s NDA for KP201/APAP was accepted and granted priority review by the FDA in early February 2016.  The FDA has set a target action date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of June 9, 2016. 

“The Advisory Committee meeting is an important step forward in the review process for KP201/APAP,” said Travis C. Mickle, Ph.D., President and CEO of KemPharm. “We look forward to discussing the data submitted as part of our NDA filing with the Advisory Committee members and continuing to work with the FDA through the review process.”

About KemPharm
KemPharm is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its Ligand Activated Therapy (LAT) platform technology.  KemPharm utilizes its LAT platform technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs in the high need areas of pain, ADHD and other CNS disorders. 

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts, and can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or the negative versions of those words or other comparable words. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the expected timing of approval, if at all, of KP201/APAP by the FDA.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future actions or performance. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to KemPharm and its current plans or expectations, and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect current plans. Actual results and performance could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors, including, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties associated with: KemPharm's financial resources and whether they will be sufficient to meet KemPharm's business objectives and operational requirements; results of earlier studies and trials may not be predictive of future clinical trial results; the protection and market exclusivity provided by KemPharm's intellectual property; risks related to the drug discovery and the regulatory approval process; the impact of competitive products and technological changes; and the FDA approval process under the Section 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway, including without limitation any timelines for related approval. KemPharm's forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they prove incorrect, would cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These and other risks concerning KemPharm’s business are described in additional detail in KemPharm's Periodic and Current Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  KemPharm is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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