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Form 8-K for DISCOVERY LABORATORIES INC /DE/


15-Apr-2013

Other Events, Financial Statements and Exhibits


Item 8.01. Other Events

On April 15, 2013, Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (the "Company") issued a press release ("Press Release") announcing an update with respect to SURFAXIN® (lucinactant) intratracheal suspension. SURFAXIN is the first and only synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and the only alternative to animal-derived surfactants that today are the standard of care for respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants. On October 24, 2012, the Company filed a Current Report on Form 8-K announcing that, during a review of the results and processes related to the analytical testing and quality control of SURFAXIN drug product, the Company had determined that one of its analytical chemistry methods used to assess its drug product's conformance to specifications required improvement and that an update to product specifications would be necessary. Thereafter, the Company communicated its findings to the FDA, improved and validated the analytical method, and submitted updated product specifications to the FDA. The Company anticipated that, if its efforts were successful and the FDA agreed with its submission, the availability of SURFAXIN drug product would be delayed until the second quarter of 2013. Recently, as set forth in the Press Release, the Company received a response from the FDA that requested clarification and provided recommendations regarding the recently updated product specifications for SURFAXIN.

The FDA correspondence includes a request for specific information intended to clarify certain aspects of the updated product specifications and the revalidated analytical chemistry method, including recommendations regarding how the product specifications should be documented and notated; a specific recommendation for the upper limit of a single product specification, which the Company can readily accept; a request for two existing and readily available documents related to the improved analytical chemistry method; and a request for supporting data using the recently improved and revalidated analytical chemistry method that is being generated from recent SURFAXIN batches. The Company plans to provide a response to the FDA within two months. FDA procedure provides up to four months for it to review the information provided. Based on the anticipated time required to respond and await confirmation from the FDA, the Company anticipates that, if its plan is successful and confirmed by the FDA within this timeline, the Company expects to proceed with the commercial introduction of SURFAXIN in the fourth quarter of 2013. A copy of the Press Release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and the text of such release is incorporated by reference herein.


Disclosure Notice

The information in the Press Release and this Form 8-K includes "forward-looking" statements relating, among other things, to the Company's plans regarding the commercial introduction of SURFAXIN drug product, including plans to prepare and submit to the FDA additional information supporting its request to update certain SURFAXIN product specifications. These and other similar statements are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While the Company currently believes that it will succeed in meeting the timelines outlined in the Press Release and this Form 8-K, such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that the Company will be unable to successfully complete the work necessary to support its submission to the FDA within the timeline outlined above, if at all; risks that the FDA will not accept the Company's submission, or may require additional information that would require additional time, or may not respond within the time outlined in the guidelines set forth in the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) (which suggest four months for submissions of the type planned by the Company); and the risk that the Company may identify unforeseen problems that have not yet been discovered that could adversely affect the Company's plans. In addition, the FDA may determine to initiate a facility inspection to review the Company's approach and response to dealing with the issues identified in its review of the analytical method. Any failure to satisfy any issues raised by the FDA could significantly delay, or preclude outright, gaining agreement on acceptable updated product specifications, or could result in an action by the FDA to restrict the Company's ability to commercialize some or all of the Company's products, which could potentially delay or prevent the commercial availability of SURFAXIN drug product.

In addition, although the Company currently believes that it will be successful in meeting its strategic planning goals within the time frames outlined in the Press Release and this Form 8-K, there can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in identifying and implementing strategic and/or financial transactions, or otherwise, to provide the resources required to meet its near-term capital and other requirements, including with respect to the additional period required to deal with the recommendations and requests identified in the FDA correspondence; that the Company will be able to manufacture and release SURFAXIN drug product within the anticipated timeline, if at all, including to generate data for inclusion in the Company's response to the FDA and for commercial sale in the fourth quarter of 2013; that during the period required to gain agreement with the FDA, the Company will be able to retain and attract commercial and medical affairs personnel to successfully execute and support the commercial introduction of SURFAXIN and AFECTAIR®, the Company's disposable, aerosol-conducting airway connector for infants receiving aerosolized medication in neonatal or pediatric intensive care units; that the revenues, if any the Company may realize from the sale of SURFAXIN and the sale of AFECTAIR devices, will be in line with current expectations and realized within the Company's anticipated timing; that the Company will successfully identify one or more strategic partners or collaboration arrangements to support development and, if approved, commercial introduction of AEROSURF®, the Company's drug/device combination product consisting of the Company's KL4 surfactant and capillary aerosol generator (CAG); that the Company will successfully initiate the planned phase 2 clinical program for AEROSURF in the fourth quarter of 2013, as planned, if at all, or that the Company will successfully develop and gain approval, in the United States and elsewhere, to market AEROSURF; or that the revenues, if any, that the Company generates in the future will be sufficient at any time to fund the further development of its research and development programs and support its operations. If the Company is unable to identify and enter into strategic or financial transactions to provide resources to support the commercial introduction of the Company's products, including its manufacturing and commercial and medical affairs organizations and its operations, it may be unable to launch its products and therefore, would be unable to generate revenues from its approved products to support its business. If the Company is unable to identify and enter into strategic alliances and other transactions to support its operations and the development of, and if approved, commercialization of, its product candidates, including AEROSURF, the Company may be may be forced to limit its activities and potentially consider other means of creating value for its stockholders, such as licensing the development and/or commercialization of products that it otherwise would plan to develop itself. There can be no assurance that the Company's efforts will be successful, that, if successful, will be completed within its anticipated timeline, or that the Company will be able to secure the resources necessary to support its activities when needed and on acceptable terms, if at all.




Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

99.1 Press Release dated April 15, 2013.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements:

To the extent that statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K are not strictly historical, including statements as to business strategy, outlook, objectives, future milestones, plans, intentions, goals, future financial conditions, future collaboration agreements, the success of the Company's product development or otherwise as to future events, such statements are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Such risks and others are further described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, and any amendments thereto.


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