6/18/2012 3:33:06 PM
HENDERSON, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NasdaqGS: SPPI), a biotechnology company with fully integrated commercial and drug development operations with a primary focus in oncology and hematology, today announced new clinical data presented in an oral presentation for ZEVALIN® (ibritumomab tiuxetan) Injection for intravenous use at the 17th Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA). In one of only four abstracts accepted for oral presentation in the meeting’s clinical transplantation session (Abstract # 1118), Dr. Avichai Shimoni (Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel) presented an update with longer follow-up time from a multi-center, prospective randomized study, for which he reported that ZEVALIN administered in combination with BCNU, etoposide, cytarabine (Ara-C), melphalan (BEAM) therapy — Z-BEAM — resulted in a 91% two-year overall survival (OS) rate in patients with refractory/relapsed aggressive lymphoma, versus a 62% OS rate in patients administered BEAM alone (p=0.03). Based on these findings, which were updated from results published January 2012 in the journal "CANCER", the Journal of the American Cancer Society, Spectrum's development program for ZEVALIN has been expanded to include support for a larger, randomized international study using the Z-BEAM regimen as a preparative regimen for patients with lymphoma who receive autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). This international study, known as the “SPINOZA trial” (Study with Preparatory Induction Of ZEVALIN in Aggressive Lymphoma), recently started accrual.