FSD Pharma Leaves Cannabis For COVID, Stock Pops On News

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE.CN)announced that it has notified Health Canada of the company’s decision to forfeit the licenses of its wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, Inc. and suspend all activities by FV Pharma within 30 days of the notification date. FSD Pharma said it has begun the process of liquidating all FV Pharma assets, including the sale of the company’s cannabis production facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Shareholders are apparently happy with the move as the stock is up over 60% on the news and was lately selling at $6.04.

“It is now clear to us that our shareholder value is best served in closing down our medicinal-grade cannabis operation in Cobourg, Ontario and reinforcing steps to advance pharmaceutical R&D efforts on our lead compound FSD201 (ultra-micronized PEA) and continuing to explore the acquisition of other compelling compounds to expand our drug development pipeline,” said Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman & CEO.

“Our pharmaceutical R&D team led by Dr. Edward Brennan is actively working to submit an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) to the FDA for the use of FSD201 (ultra-micronized PEA) to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients by down-regulating the over-expressed pro-inflammatory cytokine immune response to SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. We are hopeful to initiate the phase 2 clinical trial before the end of this year and remain cautiously optimistic that our study may improve treatment outcome for COVID-19 patients.”

The company said it is not making any express or implied claims that its product has the ability to eliminate, cure, or contain the COVID-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus) at this time.

COVID Pivot

In June, FSD said it was shifting its attention towards COVID. “Our immediate plans for FSD201 include submitting these Phase 1 trial results for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and advancing this compound into a Phase 2a proof-of-concept trial for the treatment of COVID-19,” said Dr. Bokhari. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently gave the company permission to submit an Investigational New Drug Application for the use of FSD201 to treat COVID-19. We contacted the FDA after becoming aware that Italian physicians and scientists were advocating for use of ultramicronized PEA for patients suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, based on the drug’s mechanism of action as a potent and safe anti-inflammatory agent that reduces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and may help mitigate a cytokine storm.”

The company announced a $20 million at the market offering just a few weeks ago. The company said at the time that it would use the proceeds to continue the advancement of the near-term objectives with respect to its R&D program for the commercialization of ultramicronized-palmitoylethanolamide of FSD201.

 

Debra Borchardt

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Debra Borchardt is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-In-Chief of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Masters degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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