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Optimer Announces Presentation of Additional Data From Fidaxomicin Phase 3 Study for the Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI)
Date:9/15/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTR) today announced that new data highlighting fidaxomicin's (OPT-80) lower CDI recurrence rates and reduced risk of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) acquisition from Optimer's North American phase 3 study were presented at the 49th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.

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"The additional data highlight fidaxomicin's unique profile as a new antibiotic class with beneficial characteristics for treating CDI," said Michael N. Chang, Ph.D., President and CEO of Optimer Pharmaceuticals. "These analyses describe fidaxomicin's low recurrence rate, safety profile, potent activity against CDI, and minimal disruption to the normal intestinal flora. We think fidaxomicin has the potential to be the treatment of choice for CDI which is a serious unmet medical need with limited treatment options."

Yoav Golan, M.D., an investigator from the Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, presented additional analyses around the previously reported recurrence data showing that patients treated with fidaxomicin had a substantially lower recurrence rate (13.3%) than those treated with vancomycin (24.0%). However, the recurrence rate difference between fidaxomicin and vancomycin was even greater, 10.9% versus 24.3%, respectively, in patients who did not receive CDI therapy (either vancomycin or metronidazole) in the 24-hour pre-trial enrollment period. Dr. Golan further noted that CDI recurrence occurred significantly later in patients t
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