We believe there is a significant unmet medical need for an acute agitation treatment option that will provide a fast onset of effect, that is noninvasive and safer to administer, and that allows patients to be active participants in choosing acceptable treatment options for themselves.
About AZ-004 (Staccato loxapine)
AZ-004 is the combination of Alexza's proprietary Staccato system with loxapine, a drug belonging to the class of compounds known generally as atypical antipsychotics. The Staccato system technology is a hand-held, chemically-heated, single dose inhaler designed to generate and deliver excipient-free drug aerosol for deep lung delivery that results in IV-like pharmacokinetics. Alexza has completed three clinical trials with AZ-004, including a 50 subject Phase 1 study, a 129 patient Phase 2 study and a 32 patient multiple-dose tolerability and PK study in schizophrenic patients.
The Company believes that the unique delivery of loxapine via the
Staccato system will provide rapid onset of drug effect, as measured by a
reduction in the signs and symptoms of acute agitation. In March 2007,
Alexza announced positive initial results from a multi-center, randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial in 129 patients in
an in-patient clinical setting. The 10 mg dose of AZ-004 met the primary
endpoint of the clinical trial, which was a statistically significant
reduction in the measure of agitation from baseline to the 2-hour post-dose
time point, as compared to placebo. The 10 mg dose of AZ-004 also exhibited
a rapid onset of effect, with a statistically significant improvement in
the PANSS (Positive and Negative Symptom Scale) Excited Component (
|SOURCE Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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