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News Release - October 15, 2007
POZEN Submits Response to Approvable Letter for Trexima(TM)CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--POZEN Inc. (NasdaqGM: POZN ) announced today that it submitted a response to the Approvable letter for Trexima received on August 1, 2007. This action comes after POZEN and GlaxoSmithKline met jointly with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the proposed plan for responding to the Approvable letter.
POZEN believes the submission constitutes a complete response. The submission includes, in addition to a required routine Safety Update and revised product labeling, the results of three non-clinical (in vitro) studies that provide clarifying information about a previously submitted non-clinical study, the Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) assay. The FDA may take up to six months to review this submission, although the company has requested a 60 day review.
In addition, while the non-clinical data are under review by the FDA, POZEN plans to conduct a clinical evaluation of the genotoxic potential of Trexima in a short-term study in human volunteers in the event the FDA requires this data. This study is expected to begin this quarter with results available for submission to and review by the FDA, if required, during the first quarter of 2008. “Although we believe that our submission addresses FDA’s concern regarding the genotoxic potential of Trexima, we feel it is prudent to conduct this clinical trial so that we can provide this information without delay, if required,” said Dr. Marshall Reese, executive vice president, product development.
POZEN will hold a webcast to provide an update on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. The webcast can be accessed live and will be available for replay at www.pozen.com.
POZEN is a pharmaceutical company committed to developing therapeutic advancements for diseases with unmet medical needs where it can improve efficacy, safety, and/or patient convenience. POZEN’s efforts are focused primarily on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and other pain-related conditions. POZEN has development and commercialization alliances with GlaxoSmithKline for the proposed product candidate Trexima™ combining sumatriptan, formulated with RT Technology™, and naproxen sodium in a single tablet which is currently under review by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the acute treatment of migraine, and with AstraZeneca for a proprietary fixed dose combination of naproxen with the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole magnesium in a single tablet for conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. The company’s common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “POZN”. For detailed company information, including copies of this and other press releases, see POZEN’s website: www.pozen.com.
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