Healthcare Industry News: allergic rhinitis
News Release - July 25, 2006
Cobalis Initiates Twin Phase III Clinical Trials for PreHistin(TM)IRVINE, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--July 25, 2006--Cobalis Corp. (OTC BB: CLSC ) a pharmaceutical development company focused on the treatment of allergy and other atopic conditions, announced today that it has enrolled its first patient into its twin Phase III Clinical Trials of its lead anti-allergy medication PreHistin(TM). The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled studies are intended to assess the efficacy and safety of pre-seasonal treatment with PreHistin on moderate to moderately severe seasonal ragweed allergy patients.
The ten-week clinical trials are being conducted at 23 sites across the central, southern, and eastern United States and will utilize electronic diary records to assess improvement in total nasal symptom score (TNSS). Approximately 1,600 to 2,000 patients in total will be randomized into the twin studies to receive either placebo or 3.3 mg sublingual PreHistin twice daily for three weeks prior to the onset of the ragweed allergy season, and for an additional three weeks into the allergy season. As in the Company's previous Phase III trial, the studies' primary end point will be improvement in TNSS in weeks four, five and six. To determine the lasting effect, a secondary endpoint will measure the symptomology for patients over the last four weeks of the study. These twin studies are anticipated to fulfill the requirement for the two Phase III double blind, placebo controlled studies typically required for FDA approval.
For the estimated 36 million Americans who are afflicted with seasonal allergic rhinitis, ragweed is the allergen most responsible for their allergy symptoms. Ernie T. Armstrong, Cobalis' Chief Scientific Officer stated, "The ragweed plant is particularly hard to get rid of because it grows in almost any sunny area - on roadsides, vacant lots and fields. Each plant can produce a billion grains of pollen over a season, which can travel up to 400 miles in the air."
Cobalis Corp. Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gerald Yakatan commented, "Cobalis is committed to developing and commercializing PreHistin, the cornerstone of our atopic disease research and development program. The results of our previous Phase III clinical trial of PreHistin in patients with Mountain Cedar seasonal allergies were encouraging, and we are eager to prove the potential of PreHistin as a treatment for nasal allergy symptoms in these seasonal ragweed studies. The goal is to be able to offer a new, over-the-counter anti-allergy treatment option for allergy sufferers." Cobalis completed a Phase III trial in 2005 that demonstrated that patients who had taken PreHistin showed a reduction of allergy symptoms.
About Cobalis Corp.
Cobalis Corp. is a specialty pharmaceutical development company specializing in medications to prevent and treat atopic disease, including allergies, migraine headache, atopic asthma and dermatitis. Its flagship drug candidate PreHistin is an allergy prevention medication. Cobalis plans to seek FDA approval to market PreHistin over-the-counter in the US. For further information, visit www.cobalis.com
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