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Positive Results from POZEN Phase 1 Study (?Co-Rx?) Presented At AHA

Study Showed a Spacing Strategy of PA32540 Apart from Clopidogrel Produces Superior Platelet Inhibition Compared to Standard of Care Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) with Delayed Release Omeprazole (Prilosec®)

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 14, 2011 - POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN), a pharmaceutical company committed to transforming medicine that transforms lives, presented positive results today from a Phase 1 study comparing a dose-timing strategy of PA32540 and clopidogrel spaced 10 hours apart as compared to synchronous administration of enteric-coated (EC) omeprazole (40 mg), enteric-coated aspirin (81 mg) and clopidogrel (300 mg loading/75 mg daily). In the Co-Rx study, PA32540, a novel combination of 325 mg of aspirin and 40 mg immediate-release (IR) omeprazole, when dosed 10 hours apart from clopidogrel, was associated with greater platelet inhibition than synchronous administration of aspirin, clopidogrel and delayed-release omeprazole (46.5% versus 39.3%, respectively, at day 7 (95% CI [2.57, 11.91]; p = 0.004). These findings are directly relevant to the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) risk who require dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and gastroprotection. The data was presented at the American Heart Association's 2011 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida.

"The results of the Co-Rx study provide important insights into the interaction between omeprazole and clopidogrel," said Paul Gurbel, M.D., Director of the Sinai Center for Thrombosis Research at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, who is a lead investigator for the study and an international authority on the pharmacodynamic effects of clopidogrel stated that, "Although the clinical significance of these results is presently unknown, treatment with PA32540 may be a promising option for the secondary prevention of heart attacks and strokes in cardiovascular patients who require prolonged aspirin and clopidogrel therapy but are at risk for gastric ulcers and bleeding."

PA32540, an investigational coordinated-delivery tablet of immediate-release omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), layered around pH-sensitive aspirin, is being investigated for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients at risk for developing aspirin-associated gastric ulcers. This investigational product is part of POZEN's pipeline of integrated aspirin therapies, called the PA portfolio, all of which are designed to deliver the benefits of aspirin therapy with a reduced incidence of gastrointestinal damage.

About the Co-Rx Study

The Co-Rx study was a Phase 1, randomized, open-label, two-arm crossover study in which 30 healthy subjects were treated with one of the following: A) PA32540 in the morning plus Plavix®* (clopidogrel) (300 mg) over 10 hours later on day 1 and PA32540 in the morning plus clopidogrel (75 mg) 10 hours later on days two through seven; B) EC aspirin (81 mg) plus clopidogrel (300 mg) plus Prilosec®* (EC omeprazole) (40 mg) all in the morning on day 1 followed by EC aspirin (81 mg) plus clopidogrel (75 mg) plus EC omeprazole (40 mg) all in the morning on days two through seven. Subjects were randomly assigned to treatment A or treatment B and then crossed over to the alternate treatment. Each treatment was separated by a 14-day washout period.

The primary objective of the study was to assess the effects of PA32540 and EC omeprazole (40 mg) on clopidogrel activity as measured by ex-vivo platelet aggregation using 20 μM adenosine diphosphate, a commonly used platelet assay of clopidogrel effect.

The primary endpoint was the percent inhibition of platelet aggregation (IPA) 2 hours after last dose on day seven of each period. In the study, PA32540 in the morning, plus clopidogrel 10 hours later, resulted in a significantly greater IPA than EC aspirin (81 mg) plus EC omeprazole (40 mg) plus clopidogrel administered synchronously.

* Plavix® is a registered trademark of Sanofi Aventis Corporation; Prilosec® is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca AB group of companies.

About Antiplatelet Therapy

Aspirin is the standard of care for the reduction of an individual's risk of a second heart attack. Clinical studies have found that a daily aspirin regimen for people who have experienced a previous heart attack reduces the risk of a second heart attack by about one third. Clopidogrel and aspirin are currently co-prescribed in some cardiovascular patients. However, the use of clopidogrel plus aspirin increases the risk of GI bleeding in certain patients. These at-risk patients may benefit from the use of gastroprotective agents such as PPIs, including omeprazole. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modified the clopidogrel and omeprazole labels to include warnings against co-prescribing omeprazole and clopidogrel, based on ex-vivo platelet aggregation studies.

About POZEN

POZEN Inc. is a progressive pharmaceutical company that is transforming how the healthcare industry addresses unmet medical needs. By utilizing a unique in-source model and focusing on integrated therapies, POZEN has successfully developed and obtained FDA approval of two self-invented products in two years – something almost no other small pharmaceutical company has done. Funded by these two milestone/royalty streams, POZEN is now creating a portfolio of cost-effective, evidence based integrated aspirin therapies designed to enable the full power of aspirin by reducing its GI damage.

The Company's common stock is traded on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “POZN”. For more detailed company information, including copies of this and other press releases, please visit www.pozen.com.

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Contact: POZEN Inc.
Bill Hodges, Chief Financial Officer
919-913-1030
or
Stephanie Bonestell
Manager, Investor Relations & Public Relations
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Posted: November 2011

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