Ocular Therapeutix gets complete response letter

Ocular Therapeutix (NASDAQ:OCUL) received a complete response letter (CRL) from the FDA about its NDA for DEXTENZA for intracanalicular use in the treatment of ocular pain occurring after ophthalmic surgery.

Concerns raised by the FDA pertain to deficiencies in manufacturing process and controls identified during a pre-NDA approval inspection of the company’s manufacturing facility. The FDA’s letter did not provide any details as to which manufacturing deficiencies remain open since the last response submitted by the company.

Satisfactory resolution of the manufacturing deficiencies identified during the FDA facility inspection is required before the NDA may be approved. The FDA’s letter did not identify any efficacy or safety concerns with respect to the clinical data provided in the NDA nor any need for additional clinical trials for the approval of the NDA.

“We have previously responded to all requests in an effort to address the manufacturing items raised by the FDA during the application process, and we await completion of the review,” Amar Sawhney, president, CEO and chairman, said in a statement.

“We remain optimistic that DEXTENZA will be approved once these open manufacturing items are closed,” he added. “We will continue to work collaboratively with the FDA so they can finalize their review of our NDA, and are committed to bringing DEXTENZA to market as rapidly as possible.”