IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl Inc (USA) (NASDAQ:IPCI), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs, today announced that pivotal bioequivalence trials of the Company’s Rexista™ Oxycodone XR (abuse deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride) extended release tablets, dosed under fasted and fed conditions, had demonstrated bioequivalence to Oxycontin® (oxycodone hydrochloride) extended release tablets as manufactured and sold in the United States by Purdue Pharma LP. The study design was based on United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recommendations and compared the lowest and highest strengths of exhibit batches of the Company’s Rexista™ Oxycodone XR to the same strengths of Oxycontin®. The results show that the ratios of the pharmacokinetic metrics, Cmax, AUC0-tand AUC0-f  for Rexista™ vs. Oxycontin®, are within the interval of 80% – 125% required by the FDA with a confidence level exceeding 90%.

The Company had earlier announced, in March 2015, that topline data results of three definitive Phase I pharmacokinetic clinical trials (single dose fasting, single dose steady-state fasting, and single dose fed), conducted on pilot batches of the Company’s Rexista™ Oxycodone XR, all met the FDA bioequivalence criteria when compared to the existing branded drug Oxycontin®.

The Company had also earlier announced, in May 2015, that the FDA had provided the Company with notification regarding its Investigational New Drug Application (“IND”) submission for Rexista™ Oxycodone XR.  The notification from the FDA had stated that the Company would not be required to conduct Phase III studies if bioequivalence to Oxycontin® was demonstrated.

Having now demonstrated such bioequivalence for its Rexista™ Oxycodone XR product to be marketed upon FDA approval, the Company intends to complete the regulatory filing requirements and file a New Drug Application (“NDA”) for Rexista™ Oxycodone XR with the FDA within the next 6 months in accordance with the NDA 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway.  There can be no assurance that the FDA will ultimately approve the NDA for the sale of Rexista™ Oxycodone XR in the U.S. market, or that it will ever be successfully commercialized.

“We take great pride in being the first pharmaceutical company, to the best of our knowledge, to have demonstrated bioequivalence in both fasted and fed conditions to the brand reference drug Oxycontin®.  This enables us to accelerate the development and commercialization of our abuse deterrent Rexista™ Oxycodone XR product candidate without the need for costly and time-consuming Phase III efficacy trials,” stated Dr. Isa Odidi, CEO and co-founder of Intellipharmaceutics. “We look forward to filing an NDA within the next six months, which we hope will lead to a positive contribution in addressing an unmet need in opioid abuse and addiction.” (Original Source)

Shares of Intellipharmaceutics International closed yesterday at $2.12 . IPCI has a 1-year high of $3.92 and a 1-year low of $1.73. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $2.09 and its 200-day moving average is $2.29.

On the ratings front, Maxim Group analyst Jason Kolbert reiterated a Buy rating on IPCI, with a price target of $6, in a report issued on December 31. The current price target implies an upside of 183.0% from current levels. According to, Kolbert has a total average return of -22.4%, a 23% success rate, and is ranked #3583 out of 3585 analysts.

IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs.