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July 11 Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of
Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. (ENDP.O), said its pain
patch for treatment of soft-tissue injuries failed two
late-stage trials, and its shares fell more than 5 percent.
The company said it was withdrawing its outlook related to
the expected filing date of the new drug application for its
topical ketoprofen patch. It had previously expected to file
the application in the first half of 2008.
The delay has no impact on the company's previously issued
2007 financial outlook, it said in a statement.
Shares of the company were trading at $32.69 in late
electronic trade, after closing at $34.70 on the Nasdaq.
The two late-stage trials of the ketoprofen patch evaluated
it for the treatment of ankle sprains and strains, and pain
related to inflammation of the shoulder, elbow or knee joints.
In both cases, the ketoprofen patch failed to perform
significantly better than the dummy patch.
Endo said two other late-stage studies of the patch were
ongoing. One was to test it as a treatment of pain related with
inflammation of the shoulder, elbow or knee, and the other to
test its safety in patients with knee arthritis.
Endo already markets a pain patch, Lidoderm, its biggest
product, which contributed more than 60 percent to the
company's net sales in the first quarter.
(Reporting by Varsha Tickoo in Bangalore)