MM-398 in combination with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin demonstrates statistically significant advantage compared to control arm
Plan to submit New Drug Application in 2014
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The most common Grade 3 or higher adverse events in the combination arm were neutropenia (14.5%), fatigue (13.7%), diarrhea (12.8%) and vomiting (11.1%). Sepsis (3.4%) was the only serious life threatening event that occurred with a more than 2% difference between the combination arm and the control arm.
"We are excited by the results of the
The Phase 3 study also examined MM-398 in a monotherapy regimen. MM-398 had a 4.9 month median overall survival as a monotherapy, but did not achieve a statistically significant survival advantage compared to the 4.2 months in the control arm. The hazard ratio for overall survival was 0.99 with a corresponding p-value of 0.942. In general, patients experienced a higher level of adverse events with the MM-398 monotherapy dose and treatment schedule compared to patients who received the combination of MM-398 with 5-FU and leucovorin.
"This demonstration of a survival benefit from the MM-398 plus 5-FU and leucovorin combination is particularly important given that we have very few treatment options for patients in this tough clinical setting," said
"The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's goal is to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. The positive results of this trial demonstrate progress toward that goal in a disease for which additional treatment options are urgently needed to improve patient outcomes," stated
This study has been accepted for oral presentation at the
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MM-398 (irinotecan liposome injection), also known as "nal-IRI," is a nanoliposomal encapsulation of the chemotherapeutic irinotecan. MM-398 has demonstrated extended circulation in comparison to free irinotecan in the clinical setting. The activated form of irinotecan is SN-38, which functions by inhibiting topoisomerase I (an essential enzyme involved in DNA transcription and replication) and promoting cell death.
MM-398 is an investigational agent which is also currently being evaluated in an ongoing Phase 2 study in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and Phase 1 studies in Ewing's sarcoma and glioma. An additional Phase 1 clinical trial is assessing a potential companion diagnostic for MM-398 in patients with multiple cancer types to determine which patients are most likely to benefit from treatment with the drug.
Under a 2011 agreement with PharmaEngine, Inc. (
MM-398 is not approved for any indication by the
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