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Advisory Committee Says Trial Data Does Not Support Approval of Pixantrone in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
"We continue to believe that pixantrone should be considered as a treatment option for patients with relapsed/refractory aggressive NHL. There is a significant medical need to bring safe and effective therapies to this very sick patient population," said James A. Bianco, M.D., CEO of CTI. "We are committed to working closely with the FDA to address the committee's comments as quickly as we can."
Pixantrone (BBR 2778), is a novel topoisomerase II inhibitor with an aza-anthracenedione molecular structure that differentiates it from the anthracyclines and other related chemotherapy agents. Anthracyclines are the cornerstone therapeutic for the treatment of lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer. Although they are sufficiently effective to be used as first-line (initial) treatment, they cause cumulative heart damage that may result in congestive heart failure many years later. As a result, there is a lifetime limit of anthracycline doses and most patients who previously have been treated with an anthracycline are not able to receive further anthracycline treatment if their disease returns. It also can be administered through a peripheral vein rather than a central implanted catheter as required for other drugs in this class.
Source: Cell Therapeutics, Inc.