RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA--(Marketwired - Feb 27, 2014) - Adherex Technologies, Inc. (AHX.TO)(ADHXF) today announced that the Children's Oncology Group (COG), posted top line results on http://clinicaltrials.gov/ under Study ACCL0431, A Randomized Phase III Study of Sodium Thiosulfate for the Prevention of Cisplatin-Induced Ototoxicity in Children. No statistical analysis was published and a full analysis of all secondary endpoints, including event free survival and overall survival, is pending. Information posted on the website is incomplete and final results may differ from those presented. An abstract has been submitted for presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in June 2014. No other study data is available to Adherex for public disclosure.
About Sodium Thiosulfate (STS)
STS is currently FDA-approved as an antidote for cyanide poisoning. Adherex has licensed from Oregon Health & Science University intellectual property rights for the use of STS as a chemoprotectant, and are developing STS as a protectant against the hearing loss often caused by platinum-based anti-cancer agents in children. Preclinical and clinical studies conducted by Oregon Health & Science University and others have indicated that STS can effectively reduce the incidence of hearing loss caused by platinum-based anti-cancer agents. Adherex has received Orphan Drug Designation in the United States for the use of STS in the prevention of platinum induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients.
Hearing loss among children receiving platinum-based chemotherapy is frequent, permanent and often severely disabling. The incidence of hearing loss in these children depends upon the dose and duration of chemotherapy, and many of these children require lifelong hearing aids. There is currently no established preventive agent for this hearing loss and only expensive, technically difficult and sub-optimal cochlear (inner ear) implants have been shown to provide some benefit.
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