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Aeterna Zentaris Begins Second Phase 3 Trial of Cetrorelix for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Date:3/26/2008

QUEBEC CITY, March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS; TSX: AEZ), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology, today reported dosing has commenced with its flagship product candidate, cetrorelix, the Company's lead luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonist, in the second efficacy study of its Phase 3 program in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate.

"We are very pleased to be on track with our Phase 3 clinical program for cetrorelix in BPH," said David J. Mazzo, Ph.D., President and CEO, Aeterna Zentaris. "Based on our new understanding of the multiple processes involved in the development of BPH and its symptoms, cetrorelix may offer a novel therapeutic approach to doctors and patients currently making trade-offs in care. We look forward to continuing our investigation of cetrorelix in this comprehensive clinical program."

The study, titled, "Cetrorelix pamoate in patients with symptomatic BPH: a double-blind, placebo-controlled efficacy study", will involve approximately 400 patients, and will assess an intermittent dosage regimen of cetrorelix as a potential safe and tolerable treatment providing prolonged improvement in BPH-related signs and symptoms. This Phase 3 trial, conducted in Europe under the supervision of lead investigator, Prof. Dr. Frans M.J. Debruyne, MD, of the Andros Mannenkliniek, Arnhem, The Netherlands, is part of the Company's Phase 3 program with cetrorelix being studied in approximately 1,500 patients in North America and Europe in men with symptomatic BPH.

About the Phase 3 Program with Cetrorelix in BPH

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