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Clinical trials comparing Zorex topical cold sore formula against two competitive products will be conducted by Boston University, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based firm announces. Clinicals are expected to last six months; if successful, results will be used to support advertising, marketing claims for Zorex, which contains monographed ingredient for pain, cold sore symptoms, as well as MTCH-24 compound. Meditech delaying regional launch of Zorex pending negotiations with five pharmaceutical companies (1"The Tan Sheet" April 2, In Brief)

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Firm plans to use proceeds from stock offering to regionally launch and market an OTC cold sore treatment by August, with a national rollout planned for January 2002. Zorex will contain a monographed ingredient for pain and symptoms of cold sores, as well as Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Meditech's MTCH-24 compound. Company also will use funds from sale of up to 73 mil. shares to complete clinical trials supporting an NDA for MTCH-24 as an OTC active for treatment of cold sores. Meditech is in talks with several pharma companies regarding licensing rights for Rx and OTC drugs containing MTCH-24. Results of company-funded study on Zorex's efficacy in treating herpes simplex will be presented at International Conference on Antiviral Research in Seattle April 10

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