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Study Showing Improved Virologic Response with Nitazoxanide in Chronic Hepatitis C Published in Gastroenterology
Date:3/2/2009

are ongoing in the United States in patients with chronic hepatitis C and genotype 1 infection.

A recent Phase II study of low and high doses of a controlled-release nitazoxanide tablet showed favorable pharmacokinetics and significant reduction in viral load, with good tolerability and safety.(3) Romark recently entered into an agreement granting Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a member of the Roche Group, an exclusive license to develop and market nitazoxanide for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in Japan.

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infectious disease that is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is the most common cause of chronic hepatitis in the U.S. and may eventually lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. The disease is transmitted by contact with HCV-infected blood. A large majority of those infected do not show symptoms, but fatigue, abdominal pain and nausea can be common. The current standard treatment of care, peginterferon and ribavirin, is effective in about half of all patients treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, HCV has affected an estimated 4.1 million Americans.

About Romark Laboratories

Romark Laboratories (www.romark.com), a privately held biopharmaceutical company, has discovered and developed a new class of small molecule antivirals known as thiazolides. The Company is developing nitazoxanide, the first of the thiazolide class, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, and is developing other new thiazolides for treating viral diseases including chronic hepatitis B. Alinia(R) (nitazoxanide) is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and marketed by Romark for the treatment of infections caused by Cryptosporidium or Giardia.

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