RALEIGH, NC and NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - August 09, 2013) - Tennessee Oncology, PLLC, one of the nation's leading teams of cancer care specialists, is participating in CAPTURE (Compliance and Preference for Tamoxifen Registry) with DARA BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARA), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on oncology supportive care products. The CAPTURE registry is designed to gain valuable insight into adherence to prescribed tamoxifen treatment; patient preference for a liquid formulation of tamoxifen; and prevalence of difficulties in swallowing among breast cancer patients taking tamoxifen tablets.
CAPTURE was initiated to support the recent launch of Soltamox® (tamoxifen citrate) oral solution, the only liquid form of tamoxifen available for patients who prefer or need a liquid formulation of tamoxifen. Participating patients currently on tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer are asked to complete an online questionnaire.
Tennessee Oncology is one of 10 leading oncology centers now enrolling patients for this registry.
"We are pleased to participate in CAPTURE as this registry explores breast cancer adherence issues and patient preferences relative to long-term tamoxifen therapy," said Dr. Nancy Peacock, Medical Oncologist of Tennessee Oncology at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. "CAPTURE data could potentially help physicians better understand challenges faced by their breast cancer patients and develop ways to help tamoxifen patients stay on therapy to maximize its effectiveness."
The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently updated its guidelines, recommending that tamoxifen (20mg per day for 5 years) should be discussed as an option to reduce the risk of estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer. Soltamox® is bioequivalent to tamoxifen and has the same indications. See full prescribing information.
CAPTURE's key objectives are to:
- Understand patient preference for tamoxifen tablets or an oral tamoxifen liquid solution: Some patients may prefer one dosage form over another for ease of use or for other reasons;
- Ascertain whether patient participation in choosing their preferred dosage form may lead to better adherence;
- Correlate adherence to tamoxifen therapy with factors such as, age, ethnicity, history of smoking, alcohol intake, surgery, and radiation therapy;
- Understand patient adherence to long-term tamoxifen therapy and how it may be affected by swallowing difficulties; and
- Identify factors that might drive patient preference for the oral liquid form of tamoxifen therapy.
Soltamox (tamoxifen citrate, oral solution) is bioequivalent to, and has the exact same label indications as, the tablet form of tamoxifen. Tamoxifen is indicated for the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS); as adjuvant treatment of node-positive breast cancer; in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer; and for breast cancer risk reduction in high risk women. Currently, there are more than 1.8 million prescriptions of tamoxifen written on an annual basis in the United States. Existing FDA-approved tamoxifen product labeling supports up to five years of treatment.
About DARA BioSciences, Inc.
DARA is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of oncology treatment and supportive care products.
DARA increased its focus in oncology through its January 2012 acquisition of Oncogenerix, Inc., which holds the exclusive U.S. marketing rights to Soltamox®, a novel oral liquid formulation of tamoxifen citrate, which is widely used in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Soltamox is the only FDA-approved oral liquid version of tamoxifen citrate and fulfills a vital clinical need for patients who prefer a liquid formulation or cannot tolerate existing solid tablet formulations of this drug. DARA has exclusive U.S. rights to Soltamox through a license from Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
In June 2012, DARA launched its first product, Bionect®, a topical treatment for skin irritation and burns associated with radiation therapy. DARA has rights to market Bionect in the US oncology/radiology markets under license from Innocutis. Soltamox was launched formally as DARA's second commercial product in December 2012, coincident in timing with the 35th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. In late April, 2013, DARA launched its third product, Gelclair®, an FDA-cleared product for the treatment of oral mucositis for which DARA also has exclusive U.S. commercial rights through a license from Helsinn Group in Switzerland.
DARA is also developing a cancer-support therapeutic compound, KRN5500, for the treatment of chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CCIPN) in patients with cancer. This product is an excellent fit with DARA's strategic oncology focus, has successfully completed a Phase 2a clinical trial, and has been designated a Fast Track Drug by the FDA. DARA has created an improved, potentially commercializable formulation of this drug and is in active partnering discussions regarding further clinical development. DARA has also submitted an Orphan Drug Application to the FDA for the use of this drug in painful CCIPN.
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About Tennessee Oncology
Tennessee Oncology, PLLC is one of the nation's leading teams of cancer care specialists, nationally recognized for improving patient outcomes and innovative treatments. Its comprehensive range of cancer care services include specialized oncology nursing care, laboratory services, outpatient chemotherapy, PET/CT services and patient education and support services. Founded in 1976, Tennessee Oncology is one of the largest physician-owned practices in the country, employing more than 75 physicians in 30 locations throughout Middle Tennessee, Chattanooga, and Northwest Georgia. Visit www.tnoncology.com for more information.
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