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Phase 3 Trial of Ranolazine Failed to Meet its Goal

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CV Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVTX) announced today that an analysis of unblinded data from the MERLIN TIMI-36 study of ranolazine shows there was no adverse trend in death or arrhythmias in patients on ranolazine. The study did not meet the primary efficacy endpoint.

In accordance with the company's special protocol assessment agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company believes that the data could support expansion of the existing Ranexa(R) (ranolazine extended-release tablets) indication to include first line angina.

Complete data are scheduled to be presented as a late breaking clinical trial on Tuesday, March 27 at 8:50 a.m. central time during the 2007 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in New Orleans.

Study Design
MERLIN TIMI-36 (Metabolic Efficiency with Ranolazine for Less Ischemia in Non-ST Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes) is a multi-national, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group clinical trial designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ranexa during acute and long-term treatment in approximately 6,500 patients with non-ST elevation ACS treated with standard therapy.

Within 48 hours of the onset of angina due to ACS, eligible hospitalized patients were enrolled in the study and randomized to receive intravenous Ranexa or placebo, followed by long-term outpatient treatment with Ranexa extended-release tablets or placebo. All patients also received standard therapy during both hospital-based and outpatient treatment. The doses of Ranexa extended-release tablets used in MERLIN TIMI-36 have been studied in previous Phase 3 clinical trials.

Currently, Ranexa is indicated for the treatment of chronic angina in patients who have not achieved an adequate response with other antianginal drugs, and should be used in combination with amlodipine, beta-blockers or nitrates.

About Angina
Chronic angina is a serious and debilitating heart condition, usually associated with coronary artery disease and marked by repeated and sometimes unpredictable attacks of chest pain. Approximately 8.9 million people in the United States have chronic angina, and 400,000 new cases are diagnosed annually, according to the American Heart Association. Ranexa has anti-ischemic effects which do not depend on changes in heart rate or blood pressure.

Source: CV Therapeutics

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