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Horizon Pharma, Inc. Announces FDA Acceptance of DUEXA(R) New Drug Application for Filing
Date:5/26/2010

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Pharma, Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines for pain-related diseases and inflammation, today announced that its New Drug Application (NDA) for DUEXA®, a proprietary tablet formulation containing a fixed-dose combination of ibuprofen and high-dose famotidine, was accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review.  Horizon is seeking FDA approval of DUEXA for the reduction of the risk of development of upper gastrointestinal ulcers in patients with arthritis and pain.  The PDUFA date for completion of the FDA's review for DUEXA is expected in the first quarter of 2011.

"As the pain and arthritis market continues to grow, safe and effective treatments are desperately needed for physicians and patients concerned about the gastrointestinal impact of NSAIDs," said Timothy P. Walbert, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Pharma.  "We look forward to working closely with the FDA to bring DUEXA to market as quickly as possible.  The filing of the DUEXA NDA brings us one step closer to providing the millions suffering from mild-to-moderate pain and arthritis with a new treatment option."

The DUEXA NDA submission was based on two Phase 3 clinical studies (REDUCE-1 and REDUCE-2), which demonstrated that patients with mild-to-moderate pain treated with DUEXA developed approximately fifty percent less upper gastrointestinal (GI) ulcers) compared to patients treated with ibuprofen alone.   The trials were conducted in the U.S. via a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the FDA and enrolled more than 1,500 patients.  Based on these data, the Company also plans to submit a marketing authorization appl
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