New Preliminary Data from Two Studies Show Clinical Activity of Neratinib in Combination with Trastuzumab and in Combination with Paclitaxel in Advanced HER-2 Positive Breast Cancer

    COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., May 29 /CNW/ -- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of
Wyeth (NYSE:   WYE), today announced preliminary data from two ongoing studies,
one evaluating neratinib (HKI-272) in combination with trastuzumab
(Herceptin(R), Roche) in HER-2 positive (ErbB-2 positive) breast cancer, and a
separate study investigating neratinib safety and efficacy when given with
paclitaxel (Taxol(R), Bristol-Myers Squibb) in patients with HER-2 dependent
solid tumors.  The data gathered from both trials are scheduled to be
presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical
Oncology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, from May 29 to June 2, 2009.
Neratinib is an investigational orally administered irreversible inhibitor of
the HER-2 and EGFR kinases.

    "The data gathered from these studies provide additional evidence
suggesting that neratinib, when combined with these therapies, is an active
agent in HER-2 positive breast cancer," says Ramona Swaby, M.D., Department of
Medical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA.  "While
improvements have been made in treating HER-2 positive breast cancer, there
remains an unmet medical need for more therapies for patients with metastatic
breast cancer.  These data warrant ongoing and future investigations to
further understand and evaluate the utility of neratinib against this
aggressive disease."

    Neratinib (HKI-272) in Combination with Trastuzumab for the Treatment of
Advanced Breast Cancer

    This ongoing phase 1/2 study of neratinib in combination with trastuzumab
evaluated patients with advanced ErbB-2 positive breast cancer that progressed
following therapy with trastuzumab, the standard of care in this disease
setting.  The primary endpoint of the two-part study is 16-week
progression-free survival (PFS).  The first part of the study includes
patients being administered neratinib (160 mg or 240 mg) daily plus weekly
trastuzumab (4 mg/kg IV loading dose then 2 mg/kg).  In the second part of the
study, patients receive a weekly dose of trastuzumab with daily neratinib (240

    To date, 45 patients have been enrolled and 28 patients were evaluable
for efficacy.  The 16-week PFS rate (for part 2) was 45 percent (95 percent
CI, 26 percent to 62 percent); median PFS was 16 weeks (95 percent CI, 15 to
31 weeks). The complete response rate was 7 percent, while 21 percent of
evaluable patients showed partial response.  The objective response rate was
29 percent (95 percent CI, 13 percent to 49 percent).

    In this study, adverse events of any grade were diarrhea, nausea,
anorexia, vomiting, asthenia, rash and fatigue.  In the 45 patients enrolled
in this study, diarrhea was the most common adverse event, observed in 91
percent of patients, and was the most significant grade 3 or 4 adverse event,
occurring in 16 percent of patients.  Two patients receiving neratinib 240 mg
reported adverse events leading to discontinuation of therapy.

    Safety and Efficacy of Neratinib (HKI-272) in Combination with Paclitaxel
in Patients with Solid Tumors

    In a separate phase 1/2, open-label, 2-part study, ascending multiple
daily oral doses of neratinib (160 mg, 240 mg) were administered in
combination with IV paclitaxel 80 mg/m2, if tolerable, or 70 mg/m2 on days 1,
8 and 15.   Patients with solid tumors (endometrial, cervical, colorectal and
esophageal cancers) were entered in the phase 1 portion (part 1), and only
patients with metastatic ErbB-2 positive breast cancer were enrolled in part
2.  Safety and efficacy were investigated in patients with ErbB-2 positive
metastatic breast cancer.

    A total of 102 patients were enrolled in part 2 of the study and 97
patients were evaluable for efficacy.  The overall response rate at 16-weeks
(for part 2) was 63 percent (80 percent CI, 55.9 percent to 69.4).

    In this preliminary analysis, the adverse event profile of the
combination of neratinib (240 mg) plus paclitaxel (80 mg/m2) was similar to
that reported with both agents as monotherapy.  Adverse events of any grade
were diarrhea, alopecia, infection, peripheral neuropathy, leucopenia, anemia,
nausea, rash, fatigue and vomiting.  The most common adverse event was
diarrhea, observed in 89 percent of the 102 patients enrolled in part 2 and
was the most significant grade 3 or 4 adverse event, occurring in 25 percent
of patients.  Fourteen patients had dose reductions and one patient withdrew
from the study due to an adverse event.

    "Emerging clinical data continue to suggest that neratinib, in
combination with these therapies is tolerable and active in treating HER-2
positive disease, even in those women who have progressed while on other
targeted therapies," says Gary L. Stiles, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Wyeth
Pharmaceuticals.  "These additional data build upon results presented at the
2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, and Wyeth is committed to evaluating
further the potential of this investigational therapy."

    In 2008, the American Cancer Society estimated that more than 182,000
women in the United States would be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more
than 40,000 would die from the disease.  The HER-2 receptor is over-expressed
in 25 percent to 30 percent of patients with breast cancer.

    About Wyeth

    Wyeth is one of the world's largest research-driven pharmaceutical and
health care products companies.  It is a leader in the discovery, development,
manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biotechnology
products, nutritionals and non-prescription medicines that improve the quality
of life for people worldwide.  The Company's major divisions include Wyeth
Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare and Fort Dodge Animal Health.

    The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied by such statements.  In particular, clinical trial data are subject to
differing interpretations, and the views of regulatory agencies, medical and
scientific experts and others may differ from ours.  There can be no assurance
that neratinib will ever receive regulatory approval or be successfully
developed and commercialized.  Other risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by
forward-looking statements include, among others, risks related to our
proposed merger with Pfizer, including satisfaction of the conditions of the
proposed merger on the proposed timeframe or at all, contractual restrictions
on the conduct of our business included in the merger agreement, and the
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and success of, and expense associated with, research, development, regulatory
approval and commercialization of our products and pipeline products;
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the discussion under the caption "Item 1A, Risk Factors" in our Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, which was filed with the
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For further information: Danielle Halstrom, +1-215-280-3898 (on site),
of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, or Douglas Petkus, +1-973-660-5218; or Investors,
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