NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 07, 2014) - Nuvilex, Inc.'s (OTCQB: NVLX) advanced pancreatic cancer treatment first outperformed historical data presented by the NYSE's Eli Lilly and its FDA approved pancreatic cancer drug Gemzar®, then it was NASDAQ's Celgene and its recently FDA approved treatment of Abraxane® plus gemcitabine, and now the latest treatment that Nuvilex's Cell-in-a-Box® combined with the anticancer drug ifosfamide outperforms is NASDAQ-listed Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and its treatment, the combination of MM-398 with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin.
Between these three biopharmaceutical firms, each has FDA approval or is about to face the FDA seeking approval for an advanced pancreatic cancer treatment. They also represent 3 separate treatments that Nuvilex's Cell-in-a-Box®/ifosfamide combination has produced better data than in two successfully completed Phase I/II clinical trials.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals announced last week that its combination of MM-398 with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin achieved an overall survival of 6.1 months in the company's Phase 3 clinical trials conducted in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer who previously received gemcitabine-based therapy.
This announcement is great news for pancreatic cancer patients and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network whose CEO Julie Fleshman said of the results, "The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's goal is to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. The positive results of this trial demonstrate progress toward that goal in a disease for which additional treatment options are urgently needed to improve patient outcomes."
With these latest results, the stage is set for Nuvilex in the pancreatic cancer arena as they prepare to begin late phase clinical trials with a treatment that may just get the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to its goal sooner than 2020. Results from previous clinical trials using Nuvilex's Cell-in-a-Box®/ifosfamide treatment included a median survival time of 11 months versus 8.5 months for patients treated with a combination of Abraxane plus gemcitabine versus 6.7 months for gemcitabine alone. So, one thing is for sure Nuvilex can compete with big pharma, and in the end, it may top them all.
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