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Fovea Reports Positive Results with Prednisporin(TM) in Persistent Allergic Conjunctivitis
Date:5/4/2009

PARIS, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Fovea Pharmaceuticals announced today positive results from its clinical proof-of-concept trial to assess the therapeutic effect of Prednisporin(TM) (FOV1101) in patients with persistent allergic conjunctivitis.

Prednisporin(TM) had the same efficacy and a better safety profile (no increase in intra-ocular pressure) than PredForte(TM), a prescription drug with a 10 fold higher dose of prednisolone acetate, in patients treated for the signs and symptoms (itching and redness) of persistent ocular allergic inflammation. A one-week pre-treatment with Pataday(TM) (an anti-histamine) had negligible effect on these parameters in this patient population.

The prospective, multicenter, randomized, double masked, bilateral comparison study with 150 patients was conducted by Ora Inc., in the USA utilizing Ora's Enviro-CAC(TM) clinical technology. The combination therapy of low doses cyclosporine A and prednisolone acetate was compared to PredForte(TM) alone or vehicle alone during a 2-week dosing period.

"We are extremely pleased with these results, and they are totally in line with our expectations," said Bernard Gilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fovea. "We believe that Prednisporin(TM) has the potential to provide safe and effective therapy to millions of patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conjunctivitis, a complex indication, that is not addressed by existing treatments."

Prednisporin(TM) is the first combination therapy developed for the treatment of persistent allergic conjunctivitis. It is a proprietary topical formulation of lower than the usual therapeutic doses prednisolone acetate and cyclosporine A, to retain the efficacy of a very potent steroid with an improved safety profile. The concept was first discovered and patented by CombinatoRx (Nasdaq: CRXX
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