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News Release - January 29, 2009
Endo Pharmaceuticals and Alexza Pharmaceuticals Conclude Research CollaborationCHADDS FORD, Pa., Jan. 29 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Endo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP ) announced today that by mutual agreement it has concluded its research collaboration with Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXA ) to develop an inhaled fentanyl product for the treatment of breakthrough pain using Alexza's Staccato® inhalation technology. The product, Staccato® fentanyl (AZ-003/EN-3284), has completed Phase I clinical testing and will be returned to Alexza. In 2007, Endo licensed exclusive rights to develop and commercialize AZ-003 in North America.
Ivan Gergel, M.D., Endo's executive vice president of research and development, stated: "As a result of our ongoing strategic review initiated last year, we have terminated certain research and development programs. We have enjoyed working with Alexza and wish them success with their drug development programs. In the meantime, we remain committed to building our pipeline by pursuing programs at all phases of development, including potential products arising from our virtual discovery program."
Endo Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, sale and marketing of branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals used primarily to treat and manage pain. Its products include LIDODERM®, a topical patch to relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia; PERCOCET® and PERCODAN® tablets for the relief of moderate-to-moderately severe pain; FROVA® tablets for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults; OPANA® tablets for the relief of moderate-to-severe acute pain where the use of an opioid is appropriate; OPANA® ER tablets for the relief of moderate-to-severe pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time; and VOLTAREN® gel, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for the relief of the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment. The company markets its branded pharmaceutical products to physicians in pain management, neurology, surgery, oncology, and primary care. More information, including this and past press releases of Endo Pharmaceuticals, is available at www.endo.com.
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