HONG KONG, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AlphaRx Inc. (OTC BB:ALRX.OB) has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and
Trademark Office for its lead pain product candidate code named
ARX8203, a potentially safer drug intended for pain treatment. AlphaRx
has developed three formulations using ARX8203, an injectable
formulation for post-surgical pain, an oral capsule for chronic pain
and an ophthalmic formulation for ocular inflammation.
AlphaRx has eight further U.S. patent applications pending in different
stages of examination and is confident that this is the first of many
patents yet to receive allowance.
ARX8203 is a novel prodrug of a very potent FDA approved NSAID
(non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug). ARX8203 has demonstrated
excellent safety profile in G.I. toxicity studies compared with
Diclofenac and Indomethacin, two very popular and currently marketed
NSAIDs. The Company is organizing a POC (Proof of Concept) human trial
for ARX8203 in patients suffering from chronic pain, whereby the
primary endpoint will be safety (cumulative incidence of gastric
ulcers) as assessed by endoscopy. With an estimated 15 million
Americans taking prescription NSAIDs for arthritis, and an estimated 68
million prescriptions a year being written for these products according
to the FDA, the market for NSAIDs is strong. Prolonged use of NSAID's
has been associated with a high incidence of gastrointestinal ulcers.
There will be a robust market for new drugs without the serious G.I.
side-effects. Prolonged use of currently available NSAID's increases
this risk significantly.
About AlphaRx Inc.
AlphaRx is a specialty pharmaceutical company utilizing proprietary drug
delivery systems to develop novel formulations of drugs that are
insoluble or poorly soluble in water or have yet to be administrable to
the human body with an acceptable delivery method. The Company's
product candidates address various pharmaceutical markets, including
pain and stroke.
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