EWING, N.J., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CPXX) today announced that patients treated in a Phase 2 clinical study with VYXEOS™ (cytarabine: daunorubicin) Liposome for Injection (also known as CPX-351) with newly diagnosed AML demonstrated reduced healthcare resource use compared to conventional chemotherapy known as 7+3. These results were presented at the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, April 19-22, 2016.
The presentation, titled "VYXEOS™ (CPX-351) increases event-free survival and time spent out of the hospital in acute myeloid leukemia patients, compared with 7+3 standard of care," was based on data from a clinical study directed by Jeffrey E. Lancet, M.D., senior member and chief of the Leukemia/Myelodysplasia Program at Moffitt Cancer Center. Researchers evaluated treatment details and healthcare resource use in the context of clinical outcomes, such as treatment response and event-free survival (EFS).
VYXEOS treated patients had;
- a longer EFS, with a median of 197 days compared to 60 days with 7+3,
- a slightly longer time in the hospital, median of 38 days compared to 35 days. The majority of patients on the VYEXOS arm with hospital stays >60 days also experienced a response (75%) with many having one or more risk factors,
- a higher ratio of median EFS days to median hospital days, with a ratio of 5.2 compared to 1.7, which means the time spent out of the hospital was longer for the patients treated with VYXEOS,
- fewer hospital admissions, median of 1 admission with VYXEOS compared to 2 admissions with 7+3,
- a higher rate of remission after one induction cycle (42/56 vs. 15/21; p=0.03), and
- received consolidation treatment more frequently as outpatients (15/37 vs. 2/15; p=0.02).
High risk, including secondary, AML patients treated with VYXEOS also had longer EFS and a favorable ratio of EFS days to hospital days.
"This is the first time we have evaluated the impact of VYXEOS on hospital resource use in relation to its established clinical benefit," said Dr. Lancet. "Although, we did see longer hospital stays in VYXEOS treated patients, some of those costs are clearly offset by fewer hospital admissions and outpatient consolidation treatments in this group. This study suggests significant value that VYXEOS could provide for patients, providers and payers over the course of the disease."
The poster will be available on Celator's website (www.celatorpharma.com).
About Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc., with locations in Ewing, N.J., and Vancouver, B.C., is an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company that is transforming the science of combination therapy, and developing products to improve patient outcomes in cancer. Celator's proprietary technology platform, CombiPlex®, enables the rational design and rapid evaluation of optimized combinations of anti-cancer drugs, incorporating traditional chemotherapies as well as molecularly targeted agents to deliver enhanced anti-cancer activity. CombiPlex addresses several fundamental shortcomings of conventional combination regimens, as well as the challenges inherent in combination drug development, by identifying the most effective synergistic molar ratio of the drugs being combined in vitro, and fixing this ratio in a nano-scale drug delivery complex to maintain the optimized combination after administration and ensuring exposure of this ratio to the tumor. Celator's lead product is VYXEOS™ (also known as CPX-351), a nano-scale liposomal formulation of cytarabine:daunorubicin in Phase 3 clinical testing for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. The Company has also conducted clinical development on CPX-1, a nano-scale liposomal formulation of irinotecan:floxuridine studied in colorectal cancer; and have a preclinical stage product candidate, CPX-8, a hydrophobic docetaxel prodrug nanoparticle formulation. More recently, the Company has advanced its CombiPlex platform and broadened its application to include molecularly targeted therapies. For more information, please visit Celator's website at www.celatorpharma.com. Information on ongoing trials is available at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
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