U.S. FDA Removes Clinical Hold on CEL-SCI’s Phase 3 Head & Neck Cancer Trial
CEL-SCI Corporation today announced it has received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that the clinical hold that had been imposed on the Company’s Phase 3 cancer study with Multikine* (Leukocyte Interleukin, Inj.) has been removed and that all clinical trial activities under this Investigational New Drug application may resume.
About Head and Neck Cancer
Around 600,000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer worldwide each year. It can be difficult to treat because the area of the body affected contains many vital structures, including those responsible for breathing, swallowing and speech. More than 90 percent of head and neck squamous cell cancers originate from the mucosal linings of the oral cavity, pharynx or larynx. Sixty to 80 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Head and neck cancers are treated by surgical removal of the cancer and lymph nodes, often followed by radiation and chemotherapy based on the extent of the disease.
Multikine is being studied as a potential first-line (before any other cancer treatment is given) immunotherapy that is aimed at harnessing the patient’s own immune system to produce an anti-tumor response. Nine hundred twenty-eight newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients have been enrolled in this Phase 3 cancer study and all the patients who have completed treatment continue to be followed for protocol-specific outcomes in accordance with the Study Protocol.
The study’s primary endpoint is a 10% increase in overall survival for patients treated with the Multikine treatment regimen plus standard of care (SOC) versus those who receive SOC only. The determination if the study’s primary end point has been met will occur when there are a total of 298 deaths in those two groups. Current SOC for this indication is surgery, followed by radiation therapy alone or followed by concurrent radio-chemotherapy.
There is a clear and unmet medical need for a new treatment in this indication as the last FDA approved treatment for advanced primary head and neck cancer was over 50 years ago. The FDA has also designated Multikine an Orphan Drug for neoadjuvant therapy in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).
About CEL-SCI Corporation
CEL-SCI’s work is focused on finding the best way to activate the immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and in/near Baltimore, Maryland.
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