Citius Pharmaceuticals Advances Mino-Lok® Phase 3 Trial Achieving 85 of 92 Events to Date
CRANFORD, N.J., April 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Citius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Citius" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CTXR), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of first-in-class critical care products, today announced that it has advanced its clinical trial for Mino-Lok®, an antibiotic lock solution to salvage catheters in patients with catheter-related bloodstream infections. Of the 92 events required to complete the trial, the Company estimates that 85 events have been achieved to date. The trial has enrolled 190 patients, of which 16 patients are in active treatment or pending study completion data review, which may result in additional events. The multi-center Mino-Lok® Phase 3 trial continues to recruit patients at 35 clinical trial sites in the U.S. and India.
"We are encouraged by the progress of our Phase 3 Mino-Lok® trial in 2023. Last year, we announced the addition of multiple trial sites in India to expedite trial completion. With an estimated 85 achieved events to date, we believe we are nearing the finish line," stated Leonard Mazur, Chairman and CEO of Citius.
Mino-Lok® Phase 3 Trial Design
The Mino-Lok® Phase 3 pivotal superiority trial (NCT02901717) is a multi-center, randomized, open-label, blinded study to determine the efficacy and safety of Mino-Lok® (MLT), a novel antibiotic lock therapy that combines minocycline with edetate disodium. The primary endpoint for this study is the time (in days following randomization) to a catheter failure event between randomization and TOC (Week 6) in the Intent-to-Treat (ITT) Population. Additional secondary outcome measures include overall success, microbiological eradication, and clinical cure, among others.
Patients diagnosed with catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI/CLABSI) and who meet all necessary criteria for the study are randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive either Mino-Lok® therapy or standard of care antibiotic lock therapy.
Patients in the Mino-Lok® arm receive one MLT dose daily with a dwell time of two to four hours for a total of seven doses. For subjects in the Control arm, the investigator determines the antibiotic used in the lock, dose, dwell time, and number of days of administration based on institutional standards or Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines.
Mino-Lok® is an antibiotic lock solution to treat patients with catheter-related blood stream infections that Citius has licensed from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Citius believes Mino-Lok® provides a superior alternative to removing and replacing a central venous catheter (CVC), leading to a reduction in serious adverse events and cost savings to the healthcare system. If approved, Mino-Lok® would be the first and only FDA-approved treatment that salvages central venous catheters that cause central line-related blood stream infections.
About Citius Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Citius is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of first-in-class critical care products, with a focus on oncology, anti-infectives in adjunct cancer care, unique prescription products, and stem cell therapies. The Company's diversified pipeline includes two late-stage product candidates, Mino-Lok®, an antibiotic lock solution for the treatment of patients with catheter-related bloodstream infections, which is currently enrolling patients in a Phase 3 Pivotal superiority trial, and I/ONTAK (E7777), a novel IL-2R immunotherapy for an initial indication in CTCL, for which a BLA is under review by the FDA. Mino-Lok® was granted Fast Track designation by the FDA. I/ONTAK has received orphan drug designation by the FDA for the treatment of CTCL and PTCL. At the end of March 2023, Citius completed enrollment in its Phase 2b trial of CITI-002, a topical formulation for the relief of hemorrhoids. For more information, please visit www.citiuspharma.com.
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