OTC Naloxone Nasal Spray Biocompatibility Study Funded In US From Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy
Up to $6.5m funding will completely cover Harm Reduction Therapeutics' costs for a Phase 1 study, preparation of an NDA and commercial launch production. The study, a standard Phase 1 biocompatibility trial with around 30 subjects, should be completed in a few months later this summer.
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