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Anthera Announces Positive Phase II Clinical Results From A-002 Cardiovascular Disease Trial
Date:10/24/2007

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, reported results of a Phase II clinical trial of its first compound, A-002, for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The trial results suggest that treatment with A-002 resulted in significant reductions in blood levels of total cholesterol, Non- High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (non HDL-C), and Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-C), known as "bad" cholesterol, coupled with equally meaningful reductions of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a recognized marker of inflammation and cardiovascular risk. Decreases in these levels with A-002 treatment were most significant among patients already on a background of statin therapy.

The Phase II PLASMA trial (Phospholipase Levels And Serological Markers of Atherosclerosis) was a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo- controlled trial that enrolled approximately 400 patients with stable coronary heart disease in the U.S. and Ukraine. Subjects were randomized to receive one of four different doses of A-002 or placebo for up to eight weeks. Patients also received doctor-determined standard of care therapies. The primary endpoint, a reduction in secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) levels was achieved with a high degree of statistical significance. In addition, the results also demonstrated clinically meaningful as well as statistically significant decreases in cholesterol levels (LDL-C, non-HDL and total cholesterol) in patients with stable coronary heart disease. Clinically meaningful decreases in inflammation, as measured by levels of CRP, were also observed in the relevant patient population. Full data will be presented in a scientific journal during 2008.

"The results of the PLASMA trial support our belief that A-002's unique mechanism of action has a dual effect on lipids and inflammation, which could provide significant therapeutic benefit to patients currently on backgroun
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