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Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports Positive Phase II Results with Aeroquin, Delivered by PARI Pharma's eFlow Technology


9/15/2009 7:59:58 AM

MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported positive top line results from a Phase 2b clinical trial with Aeroquin, a novel aerosol formulation of levofloxacin delivered by an optimized Investigational eFlow Nebulizer System from PARI Pharma. In the Mpex cystic fibrosis trial, nebulized Aeroquin met the primary endpoint of reducing bacterial counts of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in sputum after 28 days of dosing versus placebo.

Mpex reported that clinically and statistically significant improvements versus placebo were also seen in a number of important clinical endpoints, including FEV1, % predicted FEV1, FEF25-75 (all measures of respiratory function) and time to need for anti-pseudomonal antibiotics (a measure of exacerbations). Aeroquin is a proprietary formulation of levofloxacin that has been optimized for aerosol delivery using a customized Investigational eFlow Nebulizer System. Levofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that has been widely used in a variety of indications for over a decade and has established safety and efficacy when administered orally or intravenously against many bacterial pathogens, including P. aeruginosa. Administration of Aeroquin with a high efficiency nebulizer to the lungs allows for the rapid delivery of high concentrations of active drug directly to the site of infection, while minimizing systemic exposure. For more information on the Phase II trial and Aeroquin, please visit www.mpexpharma.com.

About Cystic Fibrosis

CF is a chronic, debilitating genetic disease. A major characteristic of CF is production of abnormally thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, trapping bacteria and predisposing patients to lung infections, which continually damage their lungs.

About PARI Pharma

PARI Pharma focuses on the development of aerosol delivery devices and comprehensive inhalation drug development to advance aerosol therapies where drug and device can be optimized together. Based on PARI's 100-year history working with aerosols, PARI Pharma develops treatments for pulmonary and nasal administration customized with advanced delivery platforms, such as eFlow (lower respiratory) and Vibrent (upper respiratory) Technologies. PARI Pharma partners with pharmaceutical companies to develop new or improved therapies. PARI Pharma has several clinical development programs ongoing, either partnered or on its own, for cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, and treatments for lung transplant patients among other indications. PARI Pharma, a PARI Medical Holding company, is located in Munich, Germany with a major presence in the United States. Online at www.paripharma.com

SOURCE PARI Pharma

CONTACT: Kirsten Ayars, +1-805-452-7909, or Geoff Hunziker,
+1-831-372-3580, both for PARI Pharma

Web site: http://www.paripharma.com/



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