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Romark Announces Presentation of New Data for Nitazoxanide in Chronic Hepatitis C at EASL 2008
Date:4/22/2008

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"The study demonstrated the safety of long-term nitazoxanide exposure in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Importantly, this data suggests that thiazolides have an interferon-like mechanism and as a class may have a role as single agent therapy in some patients," said Dr. Emmet Keeffe, chief medical officer for Romark and co-author of the study.

-- An oral presentation by Brent Korba, Ph.D. of, Georgetown University

Medical Center, described preclinical studies showing that treatment of

cells harboring HCV replicons with nitazoxanide or its primary

metabolite, tizoxanide, does not induce viral mutations conferring

resistance to nitazoxanide, tizoxanide, interferon, ribavirin or 2'C-

methyl cytidine (a polymerase inhibitor). The presentation, titled,

"Studies of the Potential for Resistance to Nitazoxanide or Tizoxanide

in HCV-Containing Replicon Cell Lines," also demonstrated that

treatment of HCV replicon cells with tizoxanide potentiates the

antiviral effect of subsequent treatment with interferon (8-fold

decrease in concentration of interferon required to inhibit virus

replication by 90%).

"Data presented in each of these communications has provided important information in guiding the ongoing clinical development of nitazoxanide," said Dr. Rossignol.

Romark is currently enrolling patients for two U.S. clinical trials studying nitazoxanide for the treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1. For more information please visit please visit http://www.romarktrials.com or http://www.clinicaltrials.gov and enter the search term "nitazoxanide hepatitis United States."

About Nitazoxanide

Nitazoxanide belongs to a new class of small molecule cell signaling modulators (CSMs) called the thiazolides. Like interferons, thiaz
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