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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Advances sNDA Submission Plans To Increase Indicated Maximum Dose For FIRDAPSE® From 80 mg Per Day To 100 mg Per Day

Concluded Positive FDA Type-C Meeting in Early May 2023

Company On Track to Submit an sNDA Early in the Third Quarter of 2023

CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Catalyst") (Nasdaq: CPRX), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on in-licensing, developing, and commercializing novel high-quality medicines for patients living with rare diseases, today reported that it recently concluded a Type C meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA" or "Agency") regarding its plans to file a supplemental New Drug Application ("sNDA") to increase the maximum daily dosage of FIRDAPSE® (amifampridine) from 80mg to 100mg for the treatment of Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome ("LEMS"). Based on the feedback received from the meeting, Catalyst believes it now has the information necessary to complete the submission of its sNDA for marketing approval in the U.S. early in the third quarter of 2023.

"The meeting was held for alignment of our strategy to support a proposed maximum 100-milligram daily dose indication of FIRDAPSE," said Patrick J. McEnany, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. "We thank the Agency for their collaboration in reviewing our submitted materials and providing their feedback. Based on the positive outcome of the meeting, we remain on track to file an sNDA submission early in the third quarter of 2023. If approved, we believe this change will address an important need for LEMS patients, caregivers, and physicians who may benefit from an optimized therapy."

FIRDAPSE® (amifampridine) Tablets 10mg is currently approved in the U.S. for the treatment of LEMS in adults and for children ages six to seventeen with an indicated maximum daily dose of 80 milligrams.

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, or LEMS, is a rare autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized primarily by muscle weakness of the limbs. The disease is caused by an autoimmune reaction where antibodies are formed against voltage-gated calcium channels on nerve endings, which damages the channels. These calcium channels are responsible for the transport of charged calcium atoms that activate the biochemical machinery responsible for releasing acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter responsible for causing muscles to contract, and the failure to release enough of this neurotransmitter results in muscle weakness in LEMS patients.

Additionally, LEMS is often associated with an underlying malignancy, most commonly small-cell lung cancer ("SCLC"), and in some individuals, LEMS is the first symptom of such malignancy.

About Catalyst Pharmaceuticals 
With exceptional patient focus, Catalyst is committed to developing and commercializing innovative first-in-class medicines that address rare neurological and epileptic diseases. Catalyst's flagship U.S. commercial product is FIRDAPSE® (amifampridine) Tablets 10 mg, approved for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome ("LEMS") for adults and for children ages six to seventeen. In January 2023, Catalyst acquired the U.S. commercial rights to FYCOMPA® (perampanel) CIII, a prescription medicine approved in people with epilepsy aged four and older alone or with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures and with other medicines to treat primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures for people with epilepsy aged 12 and older. Further, Canada's national healthcare regulatory agency, Health Canada, has approved the use of FIRDAPSE for the treatment of adult patients in Canada with LEMS. 

For more information about Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., visit the Company's website at For Full Prescribing and Safety Information for FIRDAPSE®, visit For Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING for FYCOMPA®, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements 
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Catalyst's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. A number of factors, including (i) whether Catalyst can submit an sNDA to increase the indicated maximum dose of FIRDAPSE® from 80 mg per day to 100 mg per day, and the timing of that submission, (ii) whether any such sNDA submission will be accepted for filing by the FDA, (iii) whether any sNDA accepted for filing will be approved, and the timing of any such approval, and (iv) those factors described in Catalyst's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year 2022 and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), could adversely affect Catalyst. Copies of Catalyst's filings with the SEC are available from the SEC, may be found on Catalyst's website, or may be obtained upon request from Catalyst. Catalyst does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date. 

Source: Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
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