Karuna Therapeutics (KRTX) Stock Soars 64% on Positive Clinical Data

  • Karuna Therapeutics (KRTX) stock is taking off as investors react to clinical trial data.
  • KarXT met its primary endpoint for treating adults with schizophrenia.
  • This has the company aiming for a New Drug Application (NDA) in mid-2023.
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Karuna Therapeutics (NASDAQ:KRTX) stock is rocketing higher on Monday thanks to results from its Phase 3 EMERGENT-2 trial.

This trial covers the efficacy, safety and tolerability of KarXT in adults with schizophrenia. The clinical trial saw it meets its primary endpoint with a 9.6-point reduction on the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS).

In addition to that, Karuna Therapeutics notes that the treatment saw early and maintained reductions in symptoms on the PANSS score. These started as early as week two and were maintained throughout the entire period of the study.

The clinical trial met its secondary endpoint as well. That includes the reduction of positive symptoms and negative symptoms of schizophrenia on the PANSS positive, PANSS negative, and PANSS negative Marder factor subscales.

All of this is progress toward the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) for KarXT. The next step is getting results from a long-term clinical trial of the drug, which is expected in the first quarter of 2023. If all goes well, the NDA will be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in mid-2023.

Today’s news brings with it heavy trading of KRTX stock. This has some 1.7 million shares on the move as of this writing. That’s well above its daily average trading volume of 310,000 shares.

KRTX stock is up 63.8% as of Monday morning.

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