PHASE III ARIDOL TRIAL ENROLLS FIRST PATIENTS

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Pharmaxis has announced that its Aridol Phase III clinical trial in patients with suspected asthma has enrolled its first patients. The trial is designed to compare the sensitivity and specificity of Aridol (mannitol) to identify exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

All patients in the study will have symptoms suggestive of asthma but will be without a definitive diagnosis. Each will receive an Aridol test and will undergo a methacholine challenge test and an exercise challenge test. The trial will record changes in lung function, safety and vital signs as compared to both methacholine and exercise challenges. Full patient recruitment is expected to take approximately six months.