Healthcare Industry News: Helicobacter pylori
News Release - September 29, 2006
Axcan Receives FDA Approval Letter for PYLERA'TM' -Formerly Known as HELIZIDE-, an Innovative 3-in-1 Capsule Triple Therapy for the Eradication of Helicobacter PyloriMONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, QUEBEC--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Sep 29, 2006 -- Axcan Pharma Inc. (TSX:AXP.TO )(NASDAQ:AXCA ) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has issued an approval letter for the Company's New Drug Application for PYLERA(TM) (formerly HELIZIDE). PYLERA(TM) is a patented 3-in-1 capsule triple therapy, for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori, which is a bacterium now recognized as being the main cause of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Each PYLERA(TM) capsule contains biskalcitrate potassium (140 mg), metronidazole (125 mg) and tetracycline hydrochloride (125 mg). The U.S. patent on the PYLERA(TM) capsule technology expires in December 2018.
PHASE III CLINICAL STUDIES
The Phase III North American trials conducted in 275 patients with a history of duodenal ulcer compared Axcan's PYLERA(TM) regimen given in combination with two daily doses of 20 mg of omeprazole, to the widely used OAC triple therapy (20 mg of omeprazole, 1 g of amoxicillin and 500 mg of clarithromycin, all given twice a day). On an intent-to-treat basis, the eradication rates, although not statistically significant, were 88% and 83%, respectively, in favor of PYLERA(TM).
ABOUT Helicobacter pylori
The discovery in 1983 of the Helicobacter pylori organism was one of the major advances in gastroenterology in recent decades, as it revolutionized the approach to many upper gastrointestinal disorders. Helicobacter pylori is now recognized as one of the most important causes of gastric and duodenal ulcers, which affect at least 10% of the North American population at one point in their lives. It is believed to cause a spectrum of diseases in humans, including gastritis, ulcer disease (gastric and duodenal), gastric cancer, and gastric lymphoma. Existing ulcer treatment regimens lead to high recurrence rates. Gastric and duodenal ulcers recur respectively in approximately 40% to 80% of patients within a year after having received short-term treatment with acid suppression therapy. Studies have shown that the recurrence rate of peptic ulcers after one year is only 2% in patients in whom the organism has been eradicated.
ABOUT AXCAN PHARMA
Axcan is a leading multinational specialty pharmaceutical company focused on gastroenterology. The company develops and markets a broad line of prescription products to treat a range of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, cholestatic liver diseases and complications related to pancreatic insufficiency. Axcan's products are marketed by its own specialized sales forces in North America and Europe. Its common shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "AXCA" and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "AXP."
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