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Celtic Pharma Announces Initiation of Phase III Trial of TDT 067 for the Treatment of Onychomycosis
Date:4/30/2010

t oral therapies can be successful in treating the disease, they carry the risk of side-effects, notably hepatotoxicity.  This results in physicians not being able to treat a large percentage of the people suffering from this disease.  There is a great opportunity for a safe and effective topical treatment and I believe that TDT 067 could be just that."

John Mayo and Stephen Evans Freke, Managing General Partners, Celtic Pharma said: "We are delighted to progress to Phase III clinical development of TDT 067, where we anticipate confirmation that this is a medically and commercially important advance in the treatment of this common disease.  Based on what we have seen in Phase II development, we believe that we have a product candidate that is comparable in efficacy to currently available oral therapy but without the potential for serious safety issues."

During Phase II development, TDT 067 achieved two orders of magnitude lower plasma terbinafine concentrations compared to oral terbinafine in a pharmacokinetic study conducted under conditions of maximal use.  In contrast, terbinafine levels measured in affected nails were three orders of magnitude higher than those reported for oral terbinafine.  This illustrates the targeted delivery of terbinafine.  In a Phase II efficacy and safety study, patients treated for only 12 weeks with a primary endpoint of mycological cure at 14 weeks and follow up to 48 weeks, a 90% mycological cure rate (as defined by negative culture and negative microscopic examination) was observed at 14 weeks.  At 48 weeks the mycological cure rate was still 38% despite no active treatment for the preceding 36 weeks. TDT 067 was well tolerated with negligible systemic exposure and no serious local side effects, confirming the maximal use study findings, suggesting that patients can be trea
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