Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Announces Results of NicVAX(R) Phase II Study in Combination With Varenicline

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nabi Biopharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:NABI) today announced that the phase II study of NicVAX® (Nicotine Conjugate Immunotherapeutic) in combination with varenicline (Chantix or Champix) did not meet its primary endpoint.

A preliminary assessment of the trial data showed that subjects treated with NicVAX in combination with varenicline quit smoking at a similar rate to those treated with placebo in combination with varenicline which was also similar to reported data for varenicline monotherapy. As in previous trials, NicVAX was well-tolerated with a clinically acceptable safety and tolerability profile.

The study which included 558 subjects in the Netherlands was a double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial with one arm treated with NicVAX plus varenicline and the other arm treated with placebo plus varenicline. The primary endpoint of the study was the abstinence rate at 12 months as measured from week 9 through week 52. Abstinence was evaluated by self-reported cigarette consumption and biologically verified by exhaled carbon dioxide. Secondary endpoints included the abstinence rate at various time intervals, relapse rates, safety and immunogenicity, and the effect of NicVAX on withdrawal symptoms, cigarette consumption, and nicotine dependency.

"We are disappointed but not totally surprised with the results of trial, given the failure of NicVAX to achieve the primary end points in the two phase III studies, announced last year" said Dr. Raafat Fahim, President and Chief Executive of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals. Analysis of this initial data will continue by the Dutch investigators.

Nabi's board of directors has determined that, in light of this development, Nabi will not issue contingent value rights intended for distribution to Nabi shareholders related to NicVAX, which were described in greater detail in Nabi's definitive proxy statement, dated August 7, 2012, as supplemented by the supplement dated September 25, 2012, previously filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About the Phase II Combination Study

The trial was sponsored by the ZonMW (The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development) and the University of Maastricht with contribution from Nabi, including drug supply and was conducted in the Netherlands.

About Nabi Biopharmaceuticals

Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, is a biopharmaceutical company that has focused on the development of vaccines addressing unmet medical needs, including nicotine addiction. Its sole product currently in development is NicVAX® (Nicotine Conjugate Vaccine), an innovative and proprietary investigational vaccine for the treatment of nicotine addiction and prevention of smoking relapse based on patented technology. For additional information about Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, please visit

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