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Alexza Announces Preliminary Results From its AZ-002 (Staccato(R) Alprazolam) Phase 2a Proof-of-Concept Trial in Patients With Panic Disorder
Date:6/9/2008

ernal clinical experts to further analyze the data from this study to determine our next steps with AZ-002."

AZ-002 Phase 2a Clinical Trial Design

The AZ-002 Phase 2a clinical trial was an in-clinic, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled proof-of-concept evaluation of patients with panic disorder. After an open-label pilot phase, 40 patients were enrolled at 3 U.S. clinical centers, with 20 patients receiving 1 mg AZ-002 and 20 patients receiving Staccato placebo. The primary aim of the clinical trial was to assess the safety and efficacy of a single dose of AZ-002 in treating a pharmacologically-induced panic attack.

Two primary endpoints were prospectively defined for the study, one to assess the effect of treatment on the occurrence of a doxapram-induced panic attack of sufficient intensity and a second to assess the effect of treatment on the duration of the doxapram-induced panic attack. Data for these two endpoints were based on the Acute Panic Inventory, a commonly used 22-item self-report questionnaire designed to measure panic-like response to biological challenges or other stressful situations.

After receiving training and baseline assessments, all patients in the double-blind phase of the study received a Staccato device (randomized to either 1 mg AZ-002 or placebo) and an intravenous administration of doxapram, a respiratory stimulant used to induce a simulated panic attack.

About Symphony Allegro

In December 2006, Alexza entered into a collaboration with Symphony Capital LLC, a biotech-focused private equity firm. Under the terms of the agreement, Alexza and Symphony Capital established Symphony Allegro, Inc., which is providing funding to Alexza to accelerate clinical and other related development activities of Staccato alprazolam (AZ-002) and Staccato loxapine (AZ-004 and AZ-104). Alexza has granted a license to certain intellectual property rights for the selected product candidates. Through a purchase
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