Newron reports positive mid-stage pain data

Italy's Newron Pharmaceuticals is reporting that its pain-killer ralfinamide significantly reduced neuropathic pain in a mid-stage trial. In addition, researchers said that the drug was well tolerated with side affects that were commensurate with a placebo. Analysts dubbed the news as an encouraging sign that the therapy merited further development, sending Newron's shares up in early trading. A Phase IIb trial is scheduled to get underway later this year. Analysts are now shifting their focus to safinamide, Newron's lead candidate for Parkinson's, which is due to deliver late-stage results.

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