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Romark Laboratories Awarded Contract For Late-Stage Development Of New Influenza Drug
Date:2/28/2013

lasses of drugs approved in the United States for treating influenza, and only the neuraminidase inhibitors, oral Tamiflu® (oseltamivir) and inhaled Relenza® (zanamivir), are recommended for use. There has not been a new drug approved in the United States for treating influenza since Tamiflu® and Relenza® were approved in 1999. New drugs with different mechanisms of action could be important in overcoming drug resistance and providing better treatment for patients with influenza.

Romark will begin work under the contract immediately in an effort to complete the development and seek approval of NT-300 as a treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza. Activities covered by the contract include non-clinical and clinical development and regulatory activities required to submit and manage a New Drug Application. 

Romark's Phase 3 clinical trial will evaluate the efficacy and safety of NT-300 or NT-300 plus oseltamivir compared to a placebo or to oseltamivir alone in treating outpatients 13 to 65 years of age with acute uncomplicated influenza.

About NT-300
NT-300, a controlled release tablet for oral administration containing 300 mg of nitazoxanide (NTZ) as active ingredient, is being developed by Romark Laboratories for treatment of influenza. NTZ inhibits replication of a broad range of influenza viruses in cell culture assays, including oseltamivir- and amantadine-resistant strains, as well as other respiratory viruses that may cause flu-like symptoms in humans including the paramyxoviridae and the coronaviridae. In cell culture assays, NTZ and oseltamivir act synergistically in inhibiting replication of influenza viruses.  In a Phase 2b/3 clinical trial conducted in the United States during the 2010-2011 influenza season, NT-300 administered 600 mg orally twice daily for 5 days reduced the d
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