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Tarsa Therapeutics Presents Positive Efficacy and Safety Data Comparing Its Oral Calcitonin to Nasal Calcitonin and Placebo in Phase III Osteoporosis Treatment Trial
Date:9/19/2011

for osteoporosis patients and their physicians."

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, studies indicate that up to half of osteoporosis patients stop their treatment after just one year.  In one study, two-thirds of osteoporosis patients said their medication interfered with their lives in some way and over 20% of the women who missed or stopped their treatment said it was due to side effects.

"The encouraging efficacy and safety data presented at the ASBMR meeting, including data showing that OSTORA demonstrated superior efficacy to nasal calcitonin, reinforces our view that OSTORA has the potential to address an unmet need in current therapy," noted David Krause, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Tarsa.  "Data suggest that approximately two million women in the U.S. alone have discontinued osteoporosis treatment for various reasons, which include poor tolerance or the perceived risk of adverse effects, leaving them more vulnerable to potentially disabling fractures.  Reports from the field suggest many other newly diagnosed osteoporosis patients have not started drug treatment as a result of safety concerns.  The data presented today indicate that once-daily OSTORA may have the potential to provide an effective, safe and convenient new option for these millions of women and their physicians."

Calcitonin is approved for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, but its use has been limited by the fact that it is currently available only in intranasal and injectable forms.  Prior clinical studies show that Tarsa's oral calcitonin tablet delivers calcitonin effectively and reduces blood levels of bone resorption biomarkers.

"We view the new OSTORA data presented today as very promising news for osteoporosis patients and their physicians seeking additional treatment options," said David Brand, President and CEO of Tarsa.  "We look forward to filing a New Drug Application for OSTORA with the F
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