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Asthmatx Pivotal Trial Manuscript for Bronchial Thermoplasty Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Date:1/12/2010

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Asthmatx Inc., developer of bronchial thermoplasty with the Alair® System, announced today the publication of positive results from its pivotal study, the Asthma Intervention Research 2 (AIR2) Trial, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM). The publication, entitled "Effectiveness and Safety of Bronchial Thermoplasty in the Treatment of Severe Asthma: A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Sham-Controlled Clinical Trial," demonstrated statistically significant reductions in asthma attacks (severe exacerbations) and emergency room visits for respiratory symptoms, as well as improvements in quality of life in adults with severe asthma who underwent bronchial thermoplasty with the Alair System.

"Bronchial thermoplasty decreases severe exacerbations and ER visits for respiratory symptoms and improves quality of life in patients with severe asthma," said Mario Castro, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine, a principal investigator in the AIR2 Trial and the lead author of the paper. "Bronchial thermoplasty with the Alair System offers clinicians a novel adjunctive therapy option, beyond the current use of inhaled corticosteroids and long acting beta agonists, to provide improvements in overall asthma control."

The AIR2 Trial was designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of bronchial thermoplasty in adult patients with severe asthma who remain symptomatic, despite treatment with standard of care medications (high dose inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists). The study was a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial that enrolled 297 patients at 30 sites in six countries. The primary effectiveness endpoint was the change from baseline in
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