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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Announces Lower Recurrence Rates for Fidaxomicin Versus Vancocin(R) in Subgroup Analyses from Its Phase 3 Study for the Treatment of CDI
Date:6/2/2009

ss and concern of CDI among medical professionals and public health officials.

Scheduled Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call for the investment community today beginning at 3:00 p.m. Pacific time (6:00 p.m. Eastern time) to discuss the additional fidaxomicin Phase 3 data and answer questions.

To participate in the live call by telephone, please dial (877) 419-6590 from the U.S., or (719) 325-4893 from outside the U.S. The conference call will be webcast live under the Investors section of Optimer's website at www.optimerpharma.com.

About Fidaxomicin

Fidaxomicin is the first in a new class of antibiotics called macrocyclics, which inhibit the bacterial enzyme RNA polymerase, resulting in the death of Clostridium difficile. The narrow spectrum profile of fidaxomicin may eradicate Clostridium difficile selectively with minimal disruption to the normal intestinal flora. This may facilitate the return of the normal physiological conditions in the colon and reduce the probability of CDI recurrence.

About Optimer Pharmaceuticals

Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative anti-infective products to treat serious infections and address unmet medical needs. Optimer has two late-stage anti-infective product candidates under development. Fidaxomicin, formerly known as OPT-80, is the only antibiotic therapy currently in Phase 3 worldwide clinical development for Clostridium difficile infection. Prulifloxacin is an antibiotic which has completed two Phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of travelers' diarrhea, a form of infectious diarrhea. Additional information can be found at http://www.optimerpharma.com.
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