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Mpex Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Phase 2b Clinical Trial Results with Aeroquin(R) (MP-376) Treatment in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Date:9/10/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced positive data from its Phase 2b clinical trial with Aeroquin((R)) (a novel aerosol formulation of levofloxacin, MP-376) in cystic fibrosis (CF). Trial results showed that nebulized Aeroquin met the primary endpoint of reducing bacterial counts of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) in sputum after 28 days of dosing versus placebo. Clinically and statistically significant improvements versus placebo were also seen in a number of important clinical endpoints, including FEV1, percent predicted FEV1, FEF25-75 (all measures of respiratory function) and time to need for anti-pseudomonal antibiotics (a measure of exacerbations). Both once and twice-daily dosing of Aeroquin showed activity in this trial, with higher doses showing improved responses. Aeroquin was well tolerated and no significant change in antibiotic resistance was observed in this study. Detailed results will be presented at a major respiratory meeting in the near future

The Phase 2b, multi-center randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Mpex 204) studied 151 CF patients to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of inhaled Aeroquin administered for 28 days using an Investigational eFlow Nebulizer System (PARI Pharma GmbH). Patients were then followed for an additional 28 days after completion of dosing. The trial was conducted in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands.

To ensure that results from this trial were as predictive as possible for a future Phase 3 program, Mpex 204 enrolled patients that have recently received multiple courses of inhaled antibiotics and in most cases were already receiving other medication shown to improve lung function and reduce exacerbations. To be eligible for the trial, CF patients had to have received at least three 28 day cycles of other inhaled antibiotic therapy over the previous 12 m
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