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ASX/NASDAQ Media Release: Pharmaxis Files First Marketing Application for Bronchitol in Australia
Date:9/30/2008

SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaceutical company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS; Nasdaq: PXSL) today announced that a marketing application for the mucus clearing agent, Bronchitol, has been submitted to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) division of the Australian Government. If approved, Pharmaxis will be authorized to market Bronchitol in Australia for the treatment of bronchiectasis.

The application is based on a multicentre Phase 3 clinical trial involving more than 360 subjects which evaluated the safety and efficacy of Bronchitol for inhalation in subjects with bronchiectasis. All of the primary efficacy end points were positive and statistically significant, and Bronchitol was shown to be well tolerated with no serious adverse events attributed to treatment.

After being accepted for evaluation, the TGA has 255 working days to review the application lodged by Pharmaxis.

There is currently no approved medication that specifically targets mucus clearance for people suffering from bronchiectasis.

Alan Robertson, Pharmaxis chief executive officer said: "We are delighted to announce this major milestone for Pharmaxis and believe this is an important development for people living with the incurable lung condition bronchiectasis. Pharmaxis is dedicated to the development of safe and effective treatments for airway diseases, and we continue to work closely with regulatory authorities worldwide to bring Bronchitol to patients as quickly as possible."

It is estimated that more than 600,000 people in the major pharmaceutical markets suffer from bronchiectasis and Pharmaxis expects Bronchitol to be the first targeted medication for this patient group in 20 years, addressing an important medical need. In Australia, it is believed that more than 18,000 people live with bronchiectasis and over 70% are moderately or severely incapacitated by their condition.

Bronchitol is also under development
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