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The European Commission Grants Marketing Authorization for DIFICLIR™ (fidaxomicin) Tablets for Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infections
Date:12/12/2011

biotics that disrupt normal gastrointestinal (gut) flora, possibly allowing C. difficile bacteria to flourish. Older patients in particular are at risk for CDI, potentially because of a weakened immune system or the presence of underlying disease. Approximately two-thirds of CDI patients are 65 years of age or older. Historically, approximately 20% to 30% of CDI patients who initially respond to treatment experience a clinical recurrence.

About Optimer Pharmaceuticals

Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative hospital specialty products that have a positive impact on society. Optimer developed and commercialized DIFICID® (fidaxomicin) tablets, an FDA-approved antibacterial drug for the treatment of adult patients with Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD). Optimer has also received marketing authorization for fidaxomicin tablets in the European Union under the trade name DIFICLIR™. The company is seeking marketing authorization for fidaxomicin in Canada and it intends to seek marketing authorization in other parts of the world where C. difficile has emerged as a serious health problem, including Asia. Additional information can be found at http://www.optimerpharma.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included in this release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements related to the potential availability of DIFICLIR to patients, future activities conducted under the Astellas collaboration and license agreement, the potential benefits of the collaboration and license agreement, Optimer's potential receipt of milestone payments and the future incidence and costs of CDAD.  Words such as "believes," "would," "anticipates," "plans,
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