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EpiCept Corporation to Present New NP-1 Data at American Pain,Society Meeting

itionally, the study met the following secondary endpoints: a responder analysis of improvement in pain intensity (p<0.025), a responder analysis of improvement in pain relief (p<0.01), improvement in patient sleep scores (p=0.028) and overall patient global satisfaction (p=0.04). This study also found that significant neuropathic pain relief was achieved at a small fraction of the plasma levels observed after systemic dosing. The cream was found to be safe and well tolerated across all age groups studied.

"These findings add to a growing body of clinical data which demonstrate the potential for NP-1 to provide effective, additive, long-term relief to the 15 million Americans who suffer from the pain of peripheral neuropathies. The outcome from the pharmacokinetic trial in particular supports the safety of NP-1 topical cream and even more importantly its ability to be added to orally administered therapies," remarked Jack Talley, President and CEO of EpiCept. "We believe NP-1 has the largest market potential of any of our pain product candidates and we are focused on advancing it through its current Phase IIb trials. These trials are progressing as expected and we remain on track to be able to share preliminary results from the first trial by the fourth quarter of 2007.

"Current systemically-delivered analgesics have well documented limitations and significant potential side effects. The local mechanism of action of NP-1 demonstrated in these studies could reduce these side effects by blocking pain directly at its source," remarked Stephane Allard, MD, Chief Medical Officer.

EpiCept NP-1 is currently undergoing two Phase IIb trials, enrolling a total of 700 patients. The first trial is a 200 patient, placebo-controlled study of NP-1 in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). More patients suffer from DPN than any other type of neuropathic pain. Only two medications are currently approved for this use. The trial is intended to confirm
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