Supplemental approval will expand PDT with Photofrin® treatments in specific lung and esophageal cancers
TORONTO AND BANNOCKBURN, IL, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Concordia Healthcare Corp. (Concordia or the Company) (TSX:CXR) (OTCQX: CHEHF) announced today that its subsidiary Pinnacle Biologics, Inc. (Pinnacle), a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in rare diseases, was granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket supplemental approval (PMA) for its Optiguide® DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series flexible fiber.
The Optiguide DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series is a light delivery system used in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with PHOTOFRIN® (porfimer sodium) approved for use in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and esophageal cancer. The system features a more flexible, narrower cylindrical diffuser design that may assist physicians by providing greater access to tumors located in the right upper lobe of the lung and by improving maneuverability in other potentially challenging anatomic areas of the bronchus.
According to thoracic surgeon Patrick Ross MD, Ph.D., chairman of the Pinnacle Scientific Advisory Board, "One of the key benefits of this new diffuser fiber is that it will offer improved compatibility with current endoscopic equipment. This may allow doctors to use bronchoscopes with smaller therapeutic channels and may allow easier access to NSCLC tumors located in the right upper lobe of the lung as well as other potentially challenging anatomic areas of the airways in the lungs."
The Optiguide®DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series is the latest addition to Pinnacle's portfolio of photodynamic products. Pinnacle's complete PDT technology platform and the science behind it has enabled the company to accelerate research into new indications. The company announced in early January it has reached an agreement with the FDA under a special protocol assessment ("SPA") to enroll patients with an advanced form of bile duct cancer in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial, a cancer type for which there is currently no approved therapy.
"Pinnacle has continued to aggressively advance photodynamic technology, design and materials in furtherance of its mission to expand and improve treatment options for critically ill patients with rare diseases like lung and esophageal cancers, " said Mark Thompson, CEO of Concordia. "We are pleased that this newly approved Optiguide®DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series device will give physicians a new and important tool in their PDT armamentarium."
Photodynamic therapy with PHOTOFRIN® (porfimer sodium) is a two-stage process requiring administration of both drug and light. The first stage of PDT is the intravenous injection of PHOTOFRIN®. The second stage of therapy uses illumination with nonburning laser light 40-50 hours following injection with PHOTOFRIN®. When injected, PHOTOFRIN® is attracted to certain tissues, especially cancer cells. Tumor destruction results from biochemical reactions, not heat. Tumor selectivity occurs through a combination of preferential retention of PHOTOFRIN® by the tumor and selective delivery of light to the tumor site.
PHOTOFRIN® is indicated for the treatment of esophageal cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer and high-grade dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus. PHOTOFRIN® was granted orphan drug designation (ODD) by the FDA in 2004 for cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), a rare cancer in the bile ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine, and in December 2011, the FDA granted a second ODD for PHOTOFRIN® as adjuvant therapy to surgery for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Concordia is a diverse healthcare company focused on legacy pharmaceutical products, orphan drugs, and medical devices for the diabetic population. The company's legacy pharmaceutical business consists of an ADHD-treatment drug, Kapvay® (clonidine extended release tablets), Ulesfia® (benzyl alcohol) Lotion a Head Lice Treatment, an Asthma-related medication, Orapred ODT® (prednisolone sodium phosphate orally disintegrating tablets) . Concordia's Specialty Healthcare Distribution (SHD) division (Complete Medical Homecare) distributes medical supplies targeting diabetes and related conditions. Concordia's orphan division, Pinnacle, markets Photofrin® in the United States.
Concordia operates out of facilities in Oakville, Ontario, Lenexa, Kansas (near Kansas City, Missouri), Bannockburn, (near Chicago), Illinois and Bridgetown, Barbados.
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