Ampio Injects First Patients in 2nd Phase III, Pivotal Clinical Trial for Ampion™(The STEP Study) for Its FDA Biological License Application (BLA).

Jan 13, 2014, 08:00 ET from Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Jan.13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AMPE) today announced the 500 patient Phase III pivotal trial of AmpionTM for the treatment for osteoarthritis of-the-knee (OAK) has received IRB approval and FDA IND clearance and that patients enrollment and treatments have commenced.


Dr. Vaughan Clift, Ampio's Chief Regulatory Officer, explained "This phase III, final pivotal clinical trial is a randomized, placebo (vehicle control)-controlled, double-blind study in which 500 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee will be randomized to AmpionTM 4 ml intra-articular injection or a 4 ml saline vehicle control. Similar to the initial Phase III trial (SPRING study) the Primary end point will be assessed at 12 weeks following a single injection, however we will follow patients for twenty (20) weeks. The clinical effects of treatment on OA pain will be evaluated during clinic visits at 6, 12 and 20 weeks using WOMACR osteoarthritis index and Patient's Global Assessment (PGA) of disease severity.  Patient safety will be monitored by recording adverse events, concomitant medications, physical examination, vital signs and laboratory tests. In addition, a parallel study of a subpopulation of the patients will be subjected to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and testing of serum biomarkers to evaluate signs of knee cartilage regeneration. The study will include eight (8) new clinical sites additional to the nine (9) sites previously utilized in the SPRING study."

About Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 27 million people in the United States. It is a progressive disorder of the joints involving degradation of the intra-articular cartilage, joint lining, ligaments, and bone. The incidence of developing osteoarthritis of the knee or hip over a lifetime is approximately 46% and 25%, respectively. Certain risk factors in conjunction with natural wear and tear lead to the breakdown of cartilage. Osteoarthritis is caused by inflammation of the soft tissue and bony structures of the joint, which worsens over time and leads to progressive thinning of articular cartilage. Other symptoms include narrowing of the joint space, synovial membrane thickening, osteophyte formation and increased density of subchondral bone.

About Ampio Pharmaceuticals
Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a development stage biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of therapies to treat prevalent inflammatory conditions for which there are limited treatment options. We are developing compounds that decrease inflammation by (i) inhibiting specific pro-inflammatory compounds by affecting specific pathways at the protein expression and at the transcription level; (ii) activating specific phosphatase or depletion of the available phosphate needed for the inflammation process; and (iii) decreasing vascular permeability.

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