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Data From Optimer's Second Phase 3 Study of Prulifloxacin Presented at Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)
Date:9/14/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTR) today announced the presentation of results from its second prulifloxacin Phase 3 clinical study for the treatment of infectious diarrhea in travelers, by clinical investigator Robert Steffen, M.D., at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.

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Dr. Steffen presented the positive top-line results that the Company had previously announced in February 2009. The results showed that prulifloxacin met the study objective of superiority to placebo in the resolution of diarrhea, measured by Time to Last Unformed Stool (TLUS) in patients suffering from TD-associated pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Shigella. Prulifloxacin showed a statistically significant benefit compared to placebo in TLUS in both the mITT (modified intent- to-treat; n=200) and microbiologically evaluable (per protocol; n=173) populations. The median TLUS for patients treated with prulifloxacin was 32.8 hours; this was significantly different from the TLUS for placebo with a p-value of <0.0001. The Company plans to file a new drug application (NDA) during the first half of next year.

"The high levels of efficacy demonstrated in this study, combined with the convenient dosing schedule, suggest that prulifloxacin has the potential to become a standard treatment for travelers' diarrhea," said Robert Steffen, M.D., primary investigator and head of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of Communicable Diseases at the University o
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