Insys Therapeutics Announces First Patient Enrolled in Phase II Trial for the Treatment of Cocaine Dependence Using Pharmaceutical Cannabidiol

PHOENIX, Aug. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSY) ("Insys" or "the Company") today announced enrollment of the first patient in a Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of cocaine dependence using its pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) product candidate. The study is being conducted by Dr. Didier Jutras-Aswad, MD, at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM) and is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Company. 

"We are pleased to have begun enrollment in this important trial to treat cocaine dependence, a disease afflicting people in every part of society," said Santosh Vetticaden, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Insys Therapeutics. "If successful, we anticipate subsequent studies to fully explore the potential of our CBD product as a much needed treatment option for those seeking to overcome their addiction.” 

Dr. Jutras-Aswad, lead investigator for this trial, added, “This is an important investigation for a disorder that causes morbidity, mortality, and has significant social impact. I believe this investigation of CBD for the treatment of cocaine dependence will contribute appreciably toward advancing therapies for the treatment of addiction.” 

The trial is aimed at determining the effects of CBD on the management of craving and withdrawal symptoms, as well as prevention of relapse, helping patients in both the initial stages of treatment, as well as the long-term commitment to remission of their addiction. 

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About Pharmaceutical CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 60 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis and is considered by many to have a wider scope of medical applications than does tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

Insys' pharmaceutical CBD is over 99.5% pure cannabidiol. It is synthesized to be chemically identical to the CBD extracted from cannabis and is produced in a controlled environment. The FDA issued a Drug Master File (DMF) to Insys for its CBD active pharmaceutical ingredient in May 2014.

About Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that is used by approximately 1.5 million Americans. Cocaine addiction has devastating health and social consequences and accounts for over 500,000 emergency visits per year, more than 5,000 deaths per year and significant financial and social burden related to crime, loss of productivity and healthcare costs. Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications to help with the treatment of cocaine addiction or dependence. 

About Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

Insys Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative drugs and novel drug delivery systems of therapeutic molecules that improve the quality of life of patients. Using proprietary sublingual spray technology and capabilities to develop pharmaceutical cannabinoids, Insys is developing a pipeline of products intending to address unmet medical needs and the clinical shortcomings of existing commercial products. Insys currently markets one product, SUBSYS® (fentanyl sublingual spray) but has received approval for the marketing of SYNDROSTM (dronabinol oral solution), a proprietary, orally administered liquid formulation of dronabinol that Insys believes has distinct advantages over the current formulation of dronabinol in soft gel capsule.  Insys is committed to developing medications for potentially treating addiction to opioids, opioid overdose, epilepsy, and other disease areas with high unmet need.

SUBSYS® and SYNDROSTM are trademarks of Insys Development Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding: (i) our expectations related to our plan to pursue the development of CBD treatments for cocaine addiction and other addictions, (ii) the potential benefits of our pharmaceutical CBD therapies to patients, (iii) our expectations of addressing unmet needs of patients and the clinical shortcomings of existing commercial products, and (iv) our belief that SYNDROS has distinct advantages over the current formulation of dronabinol in soft gel capsule. These forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release, and actual results may differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, many of which are beyond our control. For a description of these risks facing the company, please see the risk factors described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and any subsequent updates that may occur in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise these statements, except as may be required by law.


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