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Trading Halted Today in Optimer Pharmaceuticals Stock
Date:4/5/2011

SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTR) announced today that NASDAQ has halted trading of the Company's common stock this morning.  The Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee (AIDAC) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to meet today to review and discuss Optimer's New Drug Application (NDA) for fidaxomicin for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection.

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Fidaxomicin is a narrow spectrum antibiotic being developed for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). In two Phase 3 trials for the treatment of CDI, fidaxomicin was equally effective in clinical cure when compared to vancomycin, the only FDA approved product for CDI.  Importantly, fidaxomicin reduced the risk of recurrence by 47% compared to vancomycin. The New England Journal of Medicine has published results from the first Phase 3 trial in an article titled, "Fidaxomicin versus Vancomycin for Clostridium difficile Infection," which appeared in the February 3, 2011 issue.  Optimer filed a marketing application in the EU for fidaxomicin for the treatment of CDI and reducing risk of recurrence when used for treatment of initial CDI.  

About Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI)

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), commonly referred to as "C. difficile" or "c-diff", has become a significant medical problem in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and in the community and is estimated to afflict more than 700,000 people each year in the U.S.  It is a serious illness resulting from infection of the inner lining of the colon by C. difficile bacteria, which produce toxins that c
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