HAYWARD, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANTH) today announced that the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) completed its first pre-planned safety review of the Phase 3 SOLUTION clinical study of Sollpura™ in cystic fibrosis patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. The DSMB had "no concerns regarding safety of the data to date, and voted that the study continue without modification to the protocol or charter."

This follows six positive reviews by a separate independent blisibimod DSMB for the CHABLIS-SC1 clinical study in patients with lupus and the BRIGHT-SC clinical study in patients with IgA nephropathy that recommended that the studies continue without modification, with the latest positive review occurring in June of this year.

About Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Anthera Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat serious and life-threatening diseases, including lupus, lupus with glomerulonephritis, IgA nephropathy, and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis. Additional information on the Company can be found at www.anthera.com.

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CONTACT: Nikhil Agarwal of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.nagarwal@anthera.com or 510.856.5600 x5621