CHICAGO, May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted on its website briefing documents for the June 2, 2009 Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee (AIDAC) meeting. At the meeting, the AIDAC will review and discuss Advanced Life Sciences' New Drug Application (NDA) for Restanza(TM) (cethromycin) in the proposed indication of outpatient treatment of adults with mild-to-moderate community acquired pneumonia (CAP).
Advanced Life Sciences is planning a conference call for the morning of Wednesday, June 3, to discuss the results of the June 2nd AIDAC Meeting. Additional call information will be forthcoming.
Restanza(TM) is a second generation ketolide antibiotic that is administered once a day through oral dosing. It has shown higher in vitro potency and a broader range of activity than macrolides against Gram-positive bacteria associated with respiratory tract infections, and, again in in vitro tests, it appears to be effective against penicillin-, macrolide-, and fluoroquinolone-resistant bacteria. Restanza's demonstrated potency and ability to overcome bacterial resistance, may be due to its mechanism of action resulting in specificity for its bacterial target. In addition to its utility in CAP, Restanza(TM) is also being investigated for the prophylactic treatment of inhalation anthrax post-exposure. The FDA has designated Restanza(TM) as an orphan drug for the prophylactic treatment of inhalation anthrax post exposure, but the drug is not yet approved for this or any other indication.
About Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)
CAP is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. CAP and other respiratory tract infections are caused by pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. CAP affects 5.6 million patients in the United States each year, with 10 million physician visits and 2 million hospitalizations occurring annually.
Macrolides and penicillins are currently the front-line treatments for respiratory tract infections such as CAP. As macrolide and penicillin resistance grows and has the potential to cause more clinical failures, there is a need for new antibiotics with unique mechanisms of action that can overcome this emerging resistance.
About Advanced Life Sciences
Advanced Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, cancer and respiratory diseases. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.advancedlifesciences.com.
Any statements contained in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, those relating to technology and product development, market acceptance, government regulation and regulatory approval processes, intellectual property rights and litigation, dependence on collaborative relationships, ability to obtain financing, competitive products, industry trends and other risks identified in Advanced Life Sciences' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Advanced Life Sciences undertakes no obligation to update or alter these forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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