Stealth Bio Stock Falls On FDA Refusal to File Letter For Barth Syndrome Candidate

  • Stealth BioTherapeutics Corp MITO has received a Refusal to File letter from the FDA regarding its marketing application for elamipretide, a mitochondria-targeted therapy for Barth syndrome.
  • Barth syndrome is an ultra-rare genetic condition characterized by cardiac abnormalities often leading to heart failure and reduced life expectancy, recurrent infections, muscle weakness, and delayed growth. 
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  • Upon its preliminary review, the FDA determined that the application was not sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. 
  • The agency noted that the SPIBA-201 Phase 2 trial was negative during the randomized, double-blind portion of the study. The FDA does not consider the open-label extension of the trial to be adequate and well-controlled. 
  • The letter did not explain why SPIBA-001 would not be considered an adequate and well-controlled trial. 
  • Stealth is evaluating the appropriate next steps and anticipates providing an update in early November.
  • Related content: Benzinga's Full FDA Calendar.
  • Price Action: MITO shares are down 17.4% at $1.14 during the premarket session on the last check Wednesday.
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