Pharmaxis Completes Phase III Bronchiectasis Trial

Pharmaxis Ltd
2007-07-05 15:39 564

SYDNEY, Australia, July 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS; Nasdaq: PXSL) today announced that all 362 subjects have completed the efficacy phase of its global Phase III clinical trial of Bronchitol in bronchiectasis.

The placebo controlled trial was conducted at 22 hospitals across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and is designed to evaluate the impact of Bronchitol on mucus clearance, disease symptoms, cough severity, exercise capacity and lung function.

Participants received either Bronchitol or placebo for three months, at which point the effect of treatment was assessed. An extension of the trial allows participants access to Bronchitol for a total of twelve months to determine the safety of long term Bronchitol treatment. This second component of the trial is fully recruited and will complete in 2008.

The outcome from the trial will be available this quarter after the individual patient data has been checked, the study unblinded and the statistical analysis completed.

A positive outcome from the study will enable Pharmaxis to seek approval to market Bronchitol.

There have been no new therapeutic advances for this patient group in the last twenty years. Bronchiectasis is an incurable, degenerative and chronic lung condition affecting more than half a million people in the western world alone. Pharmaxis has the only product in Phase III clinical trials for bronchiectasis anywhere in the world and Bronchitol is expected to be the first targeted medication for this patient group, fulfilling an urgent medical need.

In the United States, at least 110,000 people are receiving treatment for bronchiectasis, medical-care expenditure is over US$630 million per year and annual treatment costs are between US$6,000 and US$13,000. Widespread availability of high resolution scanners is leading to increases in diagnosis rates and the understanding that bronchiectasis is more common than previously thought. Pharmaxis is developing Bronchitol as a daily treatment administered by inhalation to the patient's lungs.

Forward-Looking Statements

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