SYDNEY, Australia, June 11 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaceutical company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS; Nasdaq: PXSL) today announced that the 12 month Phase III clinical trial evaluating the safety of Bronchitol in 100 subjects with bronchiectasis has completed.
This 12-month treatment period was an open label extension to a three- month efficacy trial which has already reported, showing that Bronchitol improved quality of life and mucus clearance. The objective of the open label extension is to determine the adverse event profile of Bronchitol following prolonged use.
Following statistical analysis, the results from this second phase of the trial will be reported in July 2008.
Pharmaxis CEO Alan Robertson said following receipt of the study report, Pharmaxis intends filing its first marketing application in Australia for Bronchitol next quarter.
''We are receiving strong demand to continue treatment after participation in the trial has concluded and, where possible, we make this available.''
Bronchitol is being developed as a twice daily inhalation therapy for people with the incurable lung condition bronchiectasis.
It is estimated that more than 600,000 people in the major pharmaceutical markets suffer from bronchiectasis and Pharmaxis expects Bronchitol to be the first targeted medication for this patient group in 20 years, addressing an important medical need. Total U.S. medical care expenditure is US$13,000 per bronchiectasis patient, double that of patients without the disorder; and an increased overall cost to the US health system of US$630 million.
Bronchiectasis is an incurable, degenerative and chronic lung condition that makes breathing difficult through excessive mucus build up in the lungs.
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historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking
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expectations, beliefs, hopes, goals, intentions, initiatives or strategies,
including statements regarding the potential for Aridol and/or Bronchitol.
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product candidate will receive FDA or other regulatory approval or that we
will seek any such approval. Factors that could cause or contribute to such
differences include, but are not limited to, factors discussed in the "Risk
Factors and Other Uncertainties" section of our Form 20-F lodged with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chief Executive Officer
Brandon Lewis, Trout Group
|SOURCE Pharmaxis Ltd|
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