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SinuNase Phase 3 show almost 100 percent of chronic sinusitis cases are from fungal-induced inflamma
Date:9/10/2007

l trial for CS and the only intranasal antifungal that has been submitted to the FDA as an Investigative New Drug (IND). The initial study population is with patients that have severe CS who have undergone sinus surgery, but who are struggling with recurrent CS.

Despite the fact that there are over 60 million patients in the U.S. and EU that have CS, and that CS is by far the most common chronic respiratory disease with a commercial market approximately twice the size of asthma, there is currently no approved prescription pharmaceutical available for treatment of the disease. If approved, SinuNase will be the first therapy available to treat sufferers of CS.

Accentia Biopharmaceuticals is commercializing SinuTest for the confirmation of CS. Investigators at Mayo discovered that a ubiquitous, normally innocuous mold, Alternaria, colonizes in the mucus of the nose and sinus of virtually everybody. However, it was found that in patients with CS, this non-invasive mold elicits an eosinophilic inflammatory response characterized by the release of eMBP in the mucus, which then damages the mucosal epithelial lining of the nose and sinuses, leading to the inflammatory mucosal changes characteristic of CS. The SinuTest diagnostic uses a small sample of mucus from the patient's nose and tests for eMBP, which is uniquely detectable in the nasal mucin of patients with CS.


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