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Transcept Pharmaceuticals Announces Intent to Submit New Drug Application for Intermezzo(R) in Third Quarter 2008
Date:6/4/2008

A. Oclassen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcept, commented, "Based on the clinical trial data from our two Phase 3 studies and from additional studies of Intermezzo(R), we believe that our low dose, sublingual formulation of zolpidem, which shows rapid onset in clinical studies, has the potential to offer an entirely new approach to the treatment of patients who wake up in the middle-of-the-night and find it difficult to get back to sleep. We look forward to submitting the Intermezzo(R) NDA this fall."

About Middle of the Night Awakenings

Middle-of-the-night (MOTN) or nocturnal awakenings have been reported to be one of the most common sleep problems, affecting approximately one-third of the adult population. According to a recent epidemiological study ("Nocturnal awakenings and comorbid disorders in the American general population" -- Journal of Psychiatric Research (in press), Maurice M. Ohayon, MD, DSc, PhD.), nocturnal awakenings are the most frequently reported insomnia symptom in the general population, with 35 percent of Americans experiencing awakenings at least three times per week and 23 percent waking up at least once every night. Ninety percent of the MOTN insomnia population report that their pattern of nocturnal awakenings persists for at least six months and 50 percent report such insomnia problems lasting more than 5 years. Currently, there is no approved PRN ("taken as needed") treatment for MOTN awakenings.

About Transcept Pharmaceuticals

Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company deriving significant new patient benefits from proven CNS drugs. Transcept development projects leverage new understanding of CNS conditions to provide additional uses and enhanced clinical benefits for existing active agents. The lead Transcept product candidate, Intermezzo(R) (zolpidem tartrate lozenge), is a low dose formulation of zolpidem for the treatment of insomnia in patients who awaken in th
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