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Nov 10, 2021

Evoke Pharma Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evoke Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOK), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused primarily on treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 and recent corporate developments.

“Through our hard work and valued partnership with Eversana, we continued to increase in-person access to physicians during the third quarter of 2021. We have also successfully executed on strategic commercial initiatives to expand awareness and adoption of GIMOTI. As a result, we are pleased to observe continued refill rates, sales growth, and prescribing physicians trending in a positive direction,” stated David A. Gonyer, R.Ph., President and CEO of Evoke Pharma. “The overarching goal is delivering GIMOTI to diabetic gastroparesis patients desperately wanting new options to treat this critical unmet medical need and helping to improve their lives. We will continue working tirelessly to fulfill this mission and in doing so, helping GIMOTI further achieve commercial success.”

Third Quarter 2021 Developments and Recent Progress:

  • New prescribers continued to demonstrate strong growth, with an additional 84 added in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Since launch, of the patients who had been prescribed GIMOTI and had additional refills available, 62% have received a refill.
  • Our first in-person National Sales Meeting was held in September, attended by Evoke’s management, Eversana’s sales and marketing representatives, and guest speakers.
  • A patient and physician experience program was launched in July 2021 to expand awareness and trial of GIMOTI among non-prescribing healthcare providers.
  • Positive data from a recent market research study indicated 90% of targeted gastroenterologists intend to prescribe GIMOTI compared to 79% in previous study.
  • We received the PM360’s Trailblazer Initiative Award for Innovation in Healthcare Marketing for GIMOTI in collaboration with commercial partner EVERSANA.
  • An exhibit booth was hosted by Evoke with EVERSANA at American College of Gastroenterology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Review

The net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was approximately $2.0 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $2.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the third quarter of 2020.

For the third quarter of 2021, net product sales were approximately $930,000 compared to approximately $237,000 during the second quarter of 2021. The increase in net sales includes a $683,000 sale to a third party for research purposes and a higher number of GIMOTI prescriptions. There were no net product sales during the three months ended September 30, 2020 as commercial sales began in October 2020.

Research and development expenses totaled approximately $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to approximately $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2020.

For the third quarter of 2021, selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were approximately $2.6 million compared to approximately $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2020.   The increase in SG&A was primarily related to commercialization activities. We expect that selling, general and administrative expenses will increase in the future as we continue to commercialize GIMOTI and we reimburse Eversana from the net profits attained from the sales of GIMOTI.

Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were approximately $2.8 million compared to total operating expenses of approximately $2.1 million for the same period of 2020.

As of September 30, 2021, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents were approximately $11.1 million. We expect our cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2021, as well as cash flows from future net sales of Gimoti, will be sufficient to fund our operations through the third quarter of 2022.

Conference Call Details

Evoke will host a conference call today, November 10, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the results. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are (877) 473-1186 for domestic callers and (918) 922-6138 for international callers. The conference ID number is 1228707.

About Evoke Pharma, Inc.

Evoke is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat GI disorders and diseases. The company developed, commercialized and markets GIMOTI, a nasal spray formulation of metoclopramide, for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in adults.

Diabetic gastroparesis is a GI disorder affecting millions of patients worldwide, in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents resulting in serious GI symptoms as well as other systemic complications. The gastric delay caused by gastroparesis can compromise absorption of orally administered medications. Prior to FDA approval to commercially market GIMOTI, metoclopramide was only available in oral and injectable formulations and remains the only drug currently approved in the United States to treat gastroparesis. Visit for more information.

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About GIMOTI® (metoclopramide) nasal spray
GIMOTI is indicated for the relief of symptoms in adults with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis.

Important Safety Information


  • Metoclopramide can cause tardive dyskinesia (TD), a serious movement disorder that is often irreversible. The risk of developing TD increases with duration of treatment and total cumulative dosage.
  • Discontinue GIMOTI in patients who develop signs or symptoms of TD. In some patients, symptoms may lessen or resolve after metoclopramide is stopped.
  • Avoid treatment with metoclopramide (all dosage forms and routes of administration) for longer than 12 weeks because of the increased risk of developing TD with longer-term use.

GIMOTI is not recommended for use in:

  • Pediatric patients due to the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia (TD) and other extrapyramidal symptoms as well as the risk of methemoglobinemia in neonates.
  • Moderate or severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh B or C), moderate or severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than 60 mL/minute), and patients concurrently using strong CYP2D6 inhibitors due to the risk of increased drug exposure and adverse reactions.

GIMOTI is contraindicated:

  • In patients with a history of tardive dyskinesia (TD) or a dystonic reaction to metoclopramide.
  • When stimulation of gastrointestinal motility might be dangerous (e.g., in the presence of gastrointestinal hemorrhage, mechanical obstruction, or perforation).
  • In patients with pheochromocytoma or other catecholamine-releasing paragangliomas. Metoclopramide may cause a hypertensive/pheochromocytoma crisis, probably due to release of catecholamines from the tumor.
  • In patients with epilepsy. Metoclopramide may increase the frequency and severity of seizures.
  • In patients with hypersensitivity to metoclopramide. Reactions have included laryngeal and glossal angioedema and bronchospasm.

Potential adverse reactions associated with metoclopramide include:  Tardive dyskinesia (TD), other extrapyramidal effects (EPS), parkinsonism symptoms, motor restlessness, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), depression, suicidal ideation and suicide, hypertension, fluid retention, hyperprolactinemia, effects on the ability to drive and operate machinery. Most common adverse reactions (≥5%) for GIMOTI are: dysgeusia, headache, and fatigue. These are not all of the possible side effects of GIMOTI. Call your doctor for medical advice about whether you should take GIMOTI and the possible risk factors and side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About EVERSANA Life Science Services, LLC

EVERSANA™ is a leading provider of global services to the life science industry. The company’s integrated solutions are rooted in the patient experience and span all stages of the product lifecycle to deliver long-term, sustainable value for patients, prescribers, channel partners and payers. The company serves more than 500 organizations, including innovative start-ups and established pharmaceutical companies to advance life science solutions for a healthier world.

Safe Harbor Statement

Evoke cautions you that statements included in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negatives of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements are based on the company’s current beliefs and expectations. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding: Evoke’s commercialization plans and the sufficiency of Evoke’s capital resources to fund its operations through the third quarter of 2022. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Evoke that any of its plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Evoke’s business, including, without limitation: Evoke’s and EVERSANA’s ability to successfully drive market demand for GIMOTI; the patient and physician experience program may not increase the number of prescriptions of GIMOTI; the results of the market research study may not predict prescribing trends by doctors or acceptance by patients, and are not intended to reflect or imply actual prescriptions or sales to date; Evoke’s ability to obtain additional financing as needed to support its operations; the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to disrupt Evoke’s and EVERSANA’s business operations impairing the ability to commercialize GIMOTI and Evoke’s ability to generate any product revenue; Evoke’s dependence on third parties for the manufacture of GIMOTI; Evoke is entirely dependent on the success of GIMOTI; inadequate efficacy or unexpected adverse side effects relating to GIMOTI that could result in recalls or product liability claims; Evoke’s ability to obtain, maintain and successfully enforce intellectual property protection for GIMOTI; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Evoke’s prior press releases and in the periodic reports it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and Evoke undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Investor Contact:
Daniel Kontoh-Boateng
DKB Partners
Tel: 862-213-1398

(Financial Statements to Follow)

Evoke Pharma, Inc. Balance Sheet
    September 30, 2021   December 31, 2020
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 11,141,908     $ 8,068,939  
Accounts receivable, net     222,166       23,311  
Prepaid expenses           921,762  
Inventory     225,217       236,480  
Other current assets     11,551       30,300  
Total current assets     11,600,842       9,280,792  
Operating lease right-of-use asset     49,117       141,705  
Other assets           11,551  
Total assets   $ 11,649,959     $ 9,434,048  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)        
Current Liabilities:        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 530,528     $ 1,273,572  
Accrued compensation     810,790       1,016,232  
Operating lease liability     49,117       141,705  
Paycheck protection program loan           104,168  
Milestone payable           5,000,000  
Total current liabilities     1,390,435       7,535,677  
Long-term liabilities        
Note payable     5,000,000       5,000,000  
Accrued interest payable     486,268       112,994  
Total long-term liabilities     5,486,268       5,112,994  
Total liabilities     6,876,703       12,648,671  
Stockholders' equity (deficit):        
Common stock     3,266       2,662  
Additional paid-in capital     110,520,641       95,667,776  
Accumulated deficit     (105,750,651 )     (98,885,061 )
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)     4,773,256       (3,214,623 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)   $ 11,649,959     $ 9,434,048  

Evoke Pharma, Inc. Statement of Operations
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2021       2020       2021       2020  
Net product sales   $ 930,449     $     $ 1,257,505     $  
Operating expenses:                
     Cost of goods sold     58,435             191,439        
     Research and development     81,699       205,032       554,753       6,450,979  
     Selling, general and administrative     2,635,161       1,874,578       7,115,605       4,387,284  
Total operating expenses     2,775,295       2,079,610       7,861,797       10,838,263  
Loss from operations     (1,844,846 )     (2,079,610 )     (6,604,292 )     (10,838,263 )
Other income (expense):                
     Forgiveness of paycheck protection loan and accrued interest                 105,130        
     Interest income     1,421       1,033       7,596       4,896  
     Interest expense     (126,027 )     (50,528 )     (374,024 )     (53,442 )
Total other income (expense)     (124,606 )     (49,495 )     (261,298 )     (48,546 )
Net loss   $ (1,969,452 )   $ (2,129,105 )   $ (6,865,590 )   $ (10,886,809 )
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.43 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share     32,542,481       26,146,220       32,028,850       25,191,359  

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