RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:FENC; TSX: FRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of PEDMARKTM (a unique formulation of sodium thiosulfate (STS)) for the prevention of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients, today announced that leading experts in pediatric oncology will review the current data and clinical recommendations for management of the ototoxic side effects of cisplatin at a scientific symposium at SIOP 2018 in Kyoto, Japan.
The symposium details are as follows:
Title: Prevention of Ototoxicity in Pediatric Cancer Patients: Risks and Benefits
Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss: An Unmet Clinical Need in Children with Cancer Opportunities for Prevention
Presentation Date & Time: Monday, November 19, 2018, 1040 am -12 pm (JST)
Introduction: Gregory H. Reaman, M.D., Associate Director, Oncology Sciences, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Penelope “Peppy” Brock, MD, PhD, MA, International Chair of SIOPEL 6 – Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss: An Unmet Clinical Need in Children with Cancer: Opportunities for Prevention
David Freyer, DO, MS, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA – Challenges to Clinical Investigation of Protective Interventions: Current Study Results and Potential Practice Applications
Mark Krailo, PhD, Children’s Oncology Group, USA – Challenges to Study Design and the Importance of Equipoise: A Statistical Perspective
Lindsay Frazier, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA – Challenges to Study Design and the Importance of Equipoise: A Clinical Investigator
SIOP 2018 Symposium:
When available by SIOP, Fennec will provide access to the slides and recording of the SIOP 2018 symposium on the Company’s website.
To access the archived recording, visit the Fennec website at www.fennecpharma.com
About PEDMARKTM (sodium thiosulfate/STS)
Cisplatin and other platinum compounds are essential chemotherapeutic components for many pediatric malignancies. Unfortunately, platinum-based therapies cause ototoxicity in many patients, and are particularly harmful to the survivors of pediatric cancer.
Each year in the U.S. and Europe there is estimated that over 10,000 children with solid tumors are treated with platinum agents. The vast majority of these newly diagnosed tumors are localized and classified as low to intermediate risk in nature. These localized cancers may have overall survival rates of greater than 80%, further emphasizing the importance of quality of life after treatment. 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. Infants and young children at critical stages of development lack speech language development and literacy, and older children and adolescents lack social-emotional development and educational achievement.
STS has been studied by cooperative groups in two Phase 3 clinical studies of survival and reduction of ototoxicity: COG ACCL0431 and SIOPEL 6. Both studies are closed to recruitment. COG ACCL0431 enrolled one of five childhood cancers typically treated with intensive cisplatin therapy for localized and disseminated disease, including newly diagnosed hepatoblastoma, germ cell tumor, osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma, and medulloblastoma. SIOPEL 6 enrolled only hepatoblastoma patients with localized tumors. COG ACCL0431 final results were published in the Lancet Oncology. SIOPEL 6 final results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
About Fennec Pharmaceuticals
Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of PEDMARKTM (a unique formulation of sodium thiosulfate (STS)) for the prevention of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients. STS has received Orphan Drug Designation in the US in this setting. Further, PEDMARKTM received Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track Designation by the FDA in March 2018. Fennec has a license agreement with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for exclusive worldwide license rights to intellectual property directed to STS and its use for chemoprotection, including the prevention of ototoxicity induced by platinum chemotherapy, in humans. For more information, please visit www.fennecpharma.com.
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The scientific information discussed in this news release related to PEDMARKTM is preliminary and investigative. Such product candidates are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada or other regulatory and no conclusions can or should be drawn regarding the safety or effectiveness of such product candidate.
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