Healthcare Industry News: Microbia
News Release - August 16, 2007
Pro-Pharmaceuticals Announces ''Compassionate Use'' IND for DAVANAT(R) to Treat Biliary Cancer PatientNEWTON, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex: PRW ), a company "Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience®", today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a "compassionate use" Investigational New Drug (IND) application for use of DAVANAT® in combination with 5-Fluorouricil (5-FU) to treat a patient with unresectable cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile duct) that progressed after initial chemotherapy. The patient is being treated at Tampa General Hospital which is a clinical site for the Company's Phase II trial for first line treatment of patients with advanced biliary cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 9,250 new cases of bile duct and gall bladder cancers will be diagnosed this year in the United States and approximately 3,250 will die. Biliary tract and gall bladder cancers are difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat, especially after failure of surgery and radiation.
About the Phase II Advanced Biliary Cancer Trial
To date, eight patients have been dosed with DAVANAT® in combination with 5-FU in the biliary cancer trial. One patient has tumor shrinkage of greater than 30%, a partial response according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST). Five patients are currently on study with stable disease of up to six months. The Simon two-stage designed, open label, multi-center study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of DAVANAT® in combination with 5-FU. The primary objectives of the trial are complete/partial tumor response (RECIST), stable disease and progression-free survival. An end-stage bile duct cancer patient from the Phase I trial for all solid tumors remained on study for 13 months. Additional information on the biliary cancer trial can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov website, key word: DAVANAT®.
DAVANAT®'s mechanism of action is based upon binding to lectins on the surface of cancer cells. The Company believes DAVANAT® targets specific lectin receptors (Galectins) that are over-expressed on cancer cells. Current research indicates that Galectins affect cell development and play important roles in cancer, including tumor cell survival, angiogenesis and tumor metastasis. This form of targeted delivery may allow for higher doses of chemotherapy administration with no increase in toxicity.
About Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital (TGH) serves a 12-county region with a population in excess of 4 million people in West Central Florida. TGH serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Since 1971, the College of Medicine has graduated nearly 1,700 physicians and prepared 2,000 doctors in specialty residency programs. Ranked among the nations top 100 research universities, USF and TGH are committed to developing advances in medicine through both clinical practice and research.
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience®
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in the discovery, development, and commercialization of carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds for advanced treatment of cancer, liver, Microbial, cardiovascular, and inflammatory diseases. The Company's initial focus is the development of a new generation of anti-cancer treatments using carbohydrate polymers to enhance the safety and efficacy of chemotherapy agents. The Company's technology capitalizes on the natural properties of carbohydrates to increase efficacy and reduce toxicity; "rescue" drugs that were shelved for toxicity or "half-life" issues; increase the solubility of existing drugs, and develop carbohydrate polymers as new chemical entities. Founded in 2000, the Company is headquartered in Newton, Mass. Additional information is available at www.pro-pharmaceuticals.com.
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More information about those risks and uncertainties is contained and discussed in the "Management Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's most recent quarterly or annual report and in the Company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements represent the Company's views as of the date of this news release and should not be relied upon to represent the Company's views as of a subsequent date. While the Company anticipates that subsequent events may cause the Company's views to change, the Company disclaims any obligation to update such forward-looking statements.
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