KemPharm Earns $1.975 Million Fee from Corium Following FDA Approval of the Corium Product ADLARITY® (donepezil transdermal system)

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KemPharm team provided development and regulatory services to Corium pursuant to a master development services agreement

CELEBRATION, Fla., March 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KemPharm, Inc. (NasdaqGS: KMPH) (the Company, or KemPharm), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, today announced that the Company has earned a $1.975 million fee from Corium, Inc., (Corium), a portfolio company of Gurnet Point Capital, following the approval of Corium’s product ADLARITY® (donepezil transdermal system) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 11, 2022. ADLARITY is an innovative new treatment option for patients with mild, moderate, or severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type.  

KemPharm is due to receive the fee, within thirty (30) calendar days following FDA approval of ADLARITY, pursuant to a master development services agreement entered into with Corium in July 2020, under which KemPharm provided development and regulatory assistance related to Corium’s resubmission of its New Drug Application for ADLARITY.

“We are pleased to have been able to assist Corium in obtaining FDA approval of ADLARITY, and we congratulate them on this significant achievement,” said Travis C. Mickle, Ph.D., President and CEO of KemPharm. “Looking forward, we expect to file our IND for KP1077 in the second quarter of this year as we continue to pursue our strategy of building a growing pipeline of product candidates for the treatment of sleep disorders and other orphan/rare diseases in CNS-related therapeutic areas.”

About KemPharm:

KemPharm is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its proprietary LAT® (Ligand Activated Therapy) platform technology. KemPharm utilizes its proprietary LAT® platform technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs as well as to generate prodrug versions of existing compounds that may have applications for new disease indications. KemPharm’s prodrug product candidate pipeline is focused on the high need areas of idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) and other CNS/rare diseases. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AZSTARYS®, a once-daily treatment for ADHD in patents age six years and older, which is being commercialized by Corium, Inc. in the U.S., containing KemPharm’s prodrug, serdexmethylphenidate (SDX), and APADAZ®, an immediate-release combination product containing benzhydrocodone, KemPharm’s prodrug of hydrocodone, and acetaminophen, which is being commercialized by KVK-Tech, Inc. in the U.S. For more information on KemPharm and its pipeline of prodrug product candidates visit or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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