RedHill Biopharma completes BEKINDA Phase II study

The primary endpoint is the stool consistency response and pain.
The primary endpoint is the stool consistency response and pain. | File image

The last patient in the Phase II BEKINDA (RBH-102) study has completed the treatment and follow-up, RedHill Biopharma Ltd. announced on Monday. 

RedHill expects top-line results from the study in September.

The extended-release, once daily BEKINDA (ondansetron) pill was being evaluated for efficacy and safety for patients suffering from diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). One hundred and twenty-seven adults participated in the study at 16 U.S. sites.

The participants were divided into two groups with a 60/40 ratio of patients receiving BEKINDA 12 mg or a placebo, respectively. The active ingredient in BEKINDA, ondansetron, slows intestinal transit time. It has shown potential in preliminary IBS-D studies.

The primary endpoint is the stool consistency response and pain. Researchers are looking for a decrease in the days per week with one or more stools with a 6 or 7 on the Bristol stool scale and no increase in abdominal pain.

A different medication from the same class of drugs has been approved for treatment of IBS-D under a restricted prescribing program due to potential side effects by the Food and Drug Administration. Ondansetraon has a better safety profile and potential to become the preferred treatment for IBS-D patients.

BEKINDA 24 mg was the subject of a Phase III clinical trial focused on acute gastroenteritis and gastritis. Positive top-line results were released in June.

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RedHill Biopharma Ltd. HaArba'a St 21 Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District