Healthcare Industry News: allergic rhinitis
News Release - March 29, 2007
Cobalis Locks Database for Pivotal Twin Phase III Trials of PreHistin(TM) in Seasonal Allergic RhinitisIRVINE, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Cobalis Corp. (OTC BB: CLSC ), a pharmaceutical development company specializing in anti-allergy medications, today announced that it has completed the locking of the database for its pivotal twin Phase III Clinical Trials of PreHistin(TM) in seasonal allergic rhinitis. An independent contract research organization (CRO) will now begin the process of implementing the statistical analysis plan designed to analyze the data from the pivotal trials.
"We are pleased to have reached this milestone in our PreHistin trials and look forward to reporting top-line results over the next month," commented Dr. Gerald J. Yakatan, Chief Executive Officer for Cobalis Corp. "These twin trials represent two of the largest clinical trials conducted utilizing this novel anti-allergy approach. Our goal is to be able to offer a new, over-the-counter anti-allergy treatment option for allergy sufferers that goes beyond currently available remedies."
The 1,551-patient pivotal Phase III trials investigated the efficacy and safety of treatment with Cobalis' PreHistin on moderate to moderately severe seasonal ragweed allergy patients. The twin trials were designed to support regulatory approval in the United States and key global markets. The studies' primary endpoint is the average improvement in total nasal symptom score (TNSS) in weeks four, five and six of treatment. To observe duration of effect after treatment, patients maintained diaries for symptomology over the final four weeks of the ten-week study.
About Seasonal allergic rhinitis
Seasonal allergic rhinitis is a condition that causes allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion. It is believed that people with allergies produce too much IgE (immunoglobulin E). Elevated levels of IgE trigger a release of histamine, which causes common allergy symptoms. Lowering IgE levels helps to prevent the creation and release of histamine. We believe that past research has demonstrated that cyanocobalamin, the active ingredient in PreHistin, reduces IgE. It is estimated that in the United States alone, seasonal allergic rhinitis affects approximately 36 million people, with related healthcare costs exceeding $7 billion annually. Currently available OTC remedies relieve symptoms on a temporary basis and treat symptoms only after they appear, while also often creating significant adverse side effects including drowsiness and sedation. PreHistin is designed to be a non-drowsy, non-sedating pre-seasonal allergy treatment targeted for OTC distribution.
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 medication in Phase III clinical development. 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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