Satsuma launches Phase 3 trial for acute migraine drug 

Satsuma Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:STSA) has announced that it has enrolled the first patient in its SUMMIT Phase 3 efficacy trial of STS101, a drug-device product that is a potential acute treatment of migraine.

STS101 is a nasal powder containing dihydroergotamine (DHE), an analgesic already available to treat migraines and cluster headaches. In fact, migraine patients have used DHE as an acute migraine treatment since 1946. But approved DHE products are “inconvenient or have an inconsistent response,” according to a paper published in Neurology. “Newer development-stage products may provide enhanced [pharmacokinetics], improved clinical efficacy, and more patient-friendly administration,” the article continued.

South San Francisco, Calif.–based Satsuma believes that STS101 could thus lead to higher efficacy over traditional dihydroergotamine-based nasal sprays.

“We believe the likelihood of success for SUMMIT is high given the utilization of the second-gen…

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