SixtydegreesWASHINGTON, April 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SXTP; SXTPW) (or the “Company”), a pharmaceutical company focused on developing new medicines for infectious diseases, announced today that the Company will sponsor a pilot study of tafenoquine, the active molecule in its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved human malaria prevention medication, ARAKODA®, for the treatment of babesiosis in dogs. The study will support a broader effort now being led by 60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals to evaluate tafenoquine for various babesiosis indications.

Tafenoquine has not been proven to be effective for treatment or prevention of canine babesiosis and is not approved by the FDA for such an indication.

About the Tafenoquine for Canine Babesiosis Pilot Study
The study will involve an evaluation of a three-day loading dose followed by weekly dosing for a month in dogs recruited in veterinary clinics across the United States. The study has been approved by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ethics committee. No dogs will be harmed in this study. Efficacy will be monitored via episodic PCR testing, and results are expected in 12 months. The pilot study of tafenoquine for treatment of canine babesiosis will be conducted by North Carolina State University this year.

About Canine Babesiosis
Canine babesiosis, caused by the protozoan, Babesia, is an emerging infection of dogs. Several thousand dogs may be treated each year in the U.S. This emergence may be related to increasing ticks (range expansion and abundance) and dog importation. Specific breeds (i.e. some members of the Terrier group, Greyhounds) are at increased risk of infection. Dogs can have subclinical disease (i.e. no clinical signs) or illness that ranges from mild (e.g. lethargy, reduced appetite) to severe (e.g. pallor and weakness related to anemia). Severe disease can result in death. Infection is spread through tick bites and exposure to infected dog blood. Infected dogs, even those without clinical signs, can spread the infection to other dogs, particularly in kennels.

About ARAKODA® (tafenoquine)
Tafenoquine was discovered by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the current study was funded by the United States Army Medical & Materiel Development Activity. Tafenoquine was approved for malaria prophylaxis in 2018 in the United States as ARAKODA® and in Australia as KODATEF®.

Both were commercially launched in 2019 and are currently distributed through pharmaceutical wholesaler networks in each respective country. They are available at retail pharmacies as a prescription-only malaria prevention drug for humans.

Disclaimer & Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements 
The statements made about our tafenoquine-babesiosis clinical trial in this press release are based on both written correspondence from the FDA ahead of the Company’s Type C meeting on January 17, 2024, and the Company’s minutes from the meeting. The Company has been advised, but cannot guarantee, it will receive FDA comments by April 30, 2024. Any information released by us about the protocol on, our website or elsewhere should be considered out of date as of the date of this press release. The Company has not yet rewritten its clinical protocol in light of FDA comments and there is no guarantee it will receive Institutional Review Board or FDA approval of the protocol when resubmitted. The protocol will be resubmitted under our malaria Investigational New Drug Application, and is not subject to the minimum 30-day holding period required for a new Investigational New Drug Application. However, the FDA can at its discretion require changes to protocols at any time. 

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