ROCKVILLE, Md., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CASI), a U.S. based pharmaceutical company with a platform to develop and accelerate the launch of pharmaceutical products and innovative therapeutics in China, U.S., and throughout the world, announced that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has approved the Company's Clinical Trial Application (CTA) allowing for a registration clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of vincristine sulfate LIPOSOME injection (MARQIBO®).
MARQIBO® is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved product currently marketed in the U.S. by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Spectrum), for the treatment of adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome–negative (Ph‒) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in second or greater relapse or whose disease has progressed following two or more anti-leukemia therapies. CASI acquired greater China rights to this drug from Spectrum.
The Company is currently reviewing certain requirements provided by the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE), a division of the NMPA, and upon satisfying those requirements, the Company will commence the registration trial for MARQIBO®.
Wei-Wu He, Ph.D., CASI's Executive Chairman commented, "Ph negative ALL is a rare but aggressive disease and while patient outcomes have vastly improved over the last three decades, patients continue to relapse and current salvage therapies are inadequate, particularly among the aging Chinese patient population. MARQIBO® is the first and only liposome-encapsulated vincristine approved and marketed in the U.S. for second line treatment of adult Philadelphia chromosome-negative acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been safely administered in patients since its U.S. approval in 2012. Receiving NMPA approval to conduct the registration trial in China with MARQIBO® is an important milestone for CASI. This approval, along with the recent CTA approval for ZEVALIN® and the fast track market approval of EVOMELA®, further demonstrates CASI's regulatory strength in working with the NMPA to advance products through the approval process."
About CASI Pharmaceuticals
CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI) is a U.S. based pharmaceutical company with a platform to develop and accelerate the launch of pharmaceutical products and innovative therapeutics in China, U.S., and throughout the world. CASI's product pipeline features three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs in-licensed from Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for China regional rights. These are currently in various stages in the regulatory process for market approval in China. The Company also acquired a portfolio of 25 FDA-approved abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), and four pipeline ANDAs that are pending FDA approval from Sandoz, and recently acquired an HBV ANDA from Laurus Labs. CASI is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland and has a wholly owned subsidiary and R&D operations in Beijing, China. More information on CASI is available at www.casipharmaceuticals.com.
Marqibo is a novel, sphingomyelin/cholesterol liposome-encapsulated formulation of vincristine sulfate. Vincristine, a microtubule inhibitor, is FDA approved for the treatment of adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative (Ph-) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in second or greater relapse or whose disease has progressed following two or more anti-leukemia therapies. The encapsulation technology, utilized in this formulation, has been shown to provide prolonged circulation of vincristine in the blood. Marqibo is not yet available in China; more information on Marqibo for countries outside the greater China region is available at www.sppirx.com.
Indications and Usage: MARQIBO is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome–negative (Ph‒) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in second or greater relapse or whose disease has progressed following 2 or more anti-leukemia therapies. This indication is based on overall response rate. Clinical benefit such as improvement in overall survival has not been verified.
Forward Looking Statements
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EVOMELA®, Marqibo® and Zevalin® are proprietary to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its affiliates.
CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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