Healthcare Industry News: Leucovorin
News Release - April 11, 2007
Pro-Pharmaceuticals Receives Letter from the FDA for New Drug Application for DAVANAT(R)/ 5-FUFDA Considers DAVANAT(R) a "Novel" Excipient
NEWTON, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex: PRW ), a developer of novel first-in-class carbohydrate compounds, today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) responded, in a letter, to questions from the Company to discuss the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) for DAVANAT® to be used as a functional excipient to be co-administered with 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) to treat cancer patients.
The FDA recommended that the Company provide the chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) information necessary to support an NDA submission.
DAVANAT®, the Company's lead drug candidate, is a carbohydrate polymer, composed of mannose and galactose (galactomannan). 5-FU is an FDA-approved chemotherapy drug that is used to treat various types of cancers, including colorectal, breast and gastrointestinal. 5-FU is one of the most widely used chemotherapy drugs in the world. The Company is using DAVANAT® to obtain more timely and efficient marketing approval of new formulations of previously approved therapeutics which incorporate the Company's proprietary drug target delivery compound.
DAVANAT®, the Company's lead drug candidate, is a polysaccharide, carbohydrate polymer, composed of mannose and galactose (galactomannan). The Company believes DAVANAT®'s mechanism of action is based upon binding to lectins on the surface of cancer cells. It is theorized that 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.
DAVANAT® is a target delivery technology that may enhance the safety and efficacy profile of a variety of FDA-approved drugs. The Company continues to develop and expand its pipeline of drug candidates using DAVANAT® and 5-FU in combination with other chemotherapeutics and biologics, such as irinotecan and AVASTIN®.
The Company also is using its carbohydrate technology to develop novel anti-fibrosis drugs. In a research collaboration with Mount Sinai School of Medicine on liver fibrosis, early results are promising and further pre-clinical research is underway. Mount Sinai has one of the world's largest, most productive and well-respected liver research programs. According to the American Liver Foundation, approximately 25 million Americans are or have been afflicted with liver and biliary diseases. Early in-vitro results are promising. The Company also is developing new chemical entities based on anti-fungal drugs and statin molecules.
Phase II Clinical Trials
The Company is currently conducting two Phase II clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients at 9 sites. The studies are evaluating DAVANAT® with 5-FU in first line therapy in biliary and colorectal cancers. The company expects additional sites to become active shortly. Additional information on these clinical trials can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov, key word: DAVANAT®. The Company successfully completed a Phase I trial for end-stage cancer patients with all solid tumors and a Phase II colorectal cancer trial for end-stage patients.
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience®
Pro-Pharmaceuticals is a development stage pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds for advanced treatment of cancer, liver, microbial, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. Initially, the product pipeline is principally focused on increasing the efficacy and decreasing the toxicity of approved chemotherapy drugs. The Company has been conducting clinical and pre-clinical studies with its lead compound, DAVANAT®, in combination with 5-FU, Leucovorin, irinotecan, doxorubicin, oxaliplatin, paclitaxel, cisplatin, and bevacizumab (Avastin®). Results show that DAVANAT® exhibits a broad spectrum of activity with tested drugs. The Company is developing other carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds that are currently in the pre-clinical stage of development. 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.
DAVANAT and Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience are registered trademarks of Pro-Pharmaceuticals. AVASTIN is a registered trademark of Genentech, Inc.
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