Created on:
April 23, 2024 8:31 AM

PaxMedica Responds to Emergency Request for IV Suramin and Commits to Provide Immediate Access to PAX-101

PaxMedica expects to take immediate action in response to an urgent request for IV suramin from the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Malawi.

TARRYTOWN, New York, April 23, 2024 – via IBN – PaxMedica Inc. (Nasdaq: PXMD) (the “Company”),a leading biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing treatments for neurological disorders, expects to take immediate action in response to an urgent request for IV suramin from the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Malawi, a country in east Africa. The request seeks emergency access to the Company’s recently completed registration batches of PAX-101 (IV suramin) to address the critical shortage of medications required to combat the life-threatening sleeping sickness, also known as Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, Human African trypanosomiasis (TBr HAT), crisis in the region.

Howard Weisman, Chairman and CEO of PaxMedica, emphasized the Company's dedication to providing immediate assistance in light of the urgent situation, stating: "The emergency request from the Ministry of Health of Malawi underscores the critical need for IV suramin to combat the continued devastating impact of sleeping sickness in the region. PaxMedica has worked with the physicians and the government in Malawi and neighboring countries as part of the ongoing work towards a future NDA submission for PAX-101 in the treatment of TBr HAT.  Despite our current limited resources, we plan to help by providing access to PAX-101 in the next 30 days, so that these physicians can continue to use the current standard of care to treat this fatal disease.  PaxMedica has worked diligently for many years to ensure access to this life-saving medication for those in need and today’s response to an urgent crisis strongly demonstrates our commitment to this mission."

The decision comes in the wake of PaxMedica's recent completion of three pivotal registration/validation batches of PAX-101 (PaxMedica- A Promising Path in Autism), as part of its ongoing development program.

About PaxMedica

PaxMedica, Inc. is a forward-looking clinical-stage biopharmaceutical firm specializing in cutting-edge anti-purinergic drug therapies (APT) aimed at addressing a range of challenging neurologic disorders. Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses a spectrum of conditions, including neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as other critical areas within the neurology field. Additionally, we intend to provide the rest of the world with an additional, reliable source of suramin, the accepted standard of care for Stage 1, Trypanosoma Brucei Rhodesiense.  

We are dedicated to the continuous development and evaluation of our pioneering program, PAX-101, an intravenous suramin formulation that lies at the heart of our efforts, particularly focused on innovative ASD treatment solutions. Our ongoing research initiatives not only prioritize the needs of ASD patients, but also extend to exploring potential therapeutic applications for related conditions. To learn more about our transformative work, please visit

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