GenasenseTreatment for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
FDA Appeal Decision Indicates that Genasense Approval Will Require Additional Confirmatory Trial
FDA Appeal Decision Indicates that Genasense Approval in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Will Require Additional Confirmatory Trial
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 6, 2009 - Genta Incorporated announced that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has decided that available data are not adequate to support approval of Genasense (oblimersen sodium) Injection for treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In a decision issued in response to an appeal filed by Genta in December 2008, CDER concluded that new information submitted by the Company in its amended New Drug Application (NDA) was insufficient, and the Agency has recommended conducting a confirmatory clinical trial.
"While disappointed with this decision, we appreciate FDA's clarification of the path to U.S. regulatory approval in this important indication," commented Dr. Loretta M. Itri, Genta's President, Pharmaceutical Development, and Chief Medical Officer. "The Company will discuss this decision with clinical and regulatory authorities before determining our next steps. Genta greatly appreciates the professional and collaborative communications with FDA during this process, and we look forward to working with FDA in addressing their recommended options for securing the confirmatory data."
Genasense inhibits production of Bcl-2, a protein made by cancer cells that is thought to block chemotherapy-induced apoptosis (programmed cell death). By reducing the amount of Bcl-2 in cancer cells, Genasense may enhance the effectiveness of current anticancer treatment. Genta is pursuing a broad clinical development program with Genasense evaluating its potential to treat various forms of cancer.
Genta Incorporated is a biopharmaceutical company with a diversified product portfolio that is focused on delivering innovative products for the treatment of patients with cancer. Two major programs anchor the Company's research platform: DNA/RNA-based Medicines and Small Molecules. Genasense® (oblimersen sodium) Injection is the Company's lead compound from its DNA/RNA Medicines program. Genta is currently recruiting patients to the AGENDA Trial, a global Phase 3 trial of Genasense in patients with advanced melanoma. The leading drug in Genta's Small Molecule program is Ganite® (gallium nitrate injection), which the Company is exclusively marketing in the U.S. for treatment of symptomatic patients with cancer related hypercalcemia that is resistant to hydration. The Company has developed G4544, an oral formulation of the active ingredient in Ganite, that has recently entered clinical trials as a potential treatment for diseases associated with accelerated bone loss. The Company is also developing tesetaxel, a novel, orally absorbed, semi-synthetic taxane that is in the same class of drugs as paclitaxel and docetaxel. Ganite and Genasense are available on a "named-patient" basis in countries outside the United States. For more information about Genta, please visit our website at: www.genta.com.
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Posted: March 2009
- Genta to Appeal FDA Decision on New Drug Application for Genasense in Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - December 12, 2008
- Genta Receives Complete Response Letter from FDA to Amended Application of Genasense in Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - December 3, 2008
- FDA Accepts Genta's NDA Amendment as Complete Response for Genasense Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - July 14, 2008
- Genta Submits NDA Amendment to FDA for Genasense as Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - June 6, 2008
- FDA Indicates That Genasense Approval in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Will Require Additional Confirmatory Data - March 17, 2008
- FDA Extends Review of Genasense NDA Appeal in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - January 14, 2008
- Genta Completes Appeal of FDA Decision for Genasense in CLL - October 25, 2007
- Genta Appeals FDA Decision on Genasense in CLL - April 4, 2007
- Genta Announces the Company Will Appeal FDA Action on New Drug Application of Genasense in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - February 6, 2007
- Genta Receives Non-Approvable Notice for Application of Genasense in Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - December 15, 2006
- FDA Extends Review Period for Genasense New Drug Application in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - October 30, 2006
- Briefing Documents Posted for FDA Committee Review of Genasense New Drug Application - September 5, 2006
- Genta Announces FDA's Oncology Drug Advisory Committee Will Review Genasense as Treatment for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - July 27, 2006
- Genasense New Drug Application Accepted for Review by FDA - March 1, 2006
- Genta Files New Drug Application for FDA Approval of Genasense Plus Chemotherapy for Patients with Advanced or Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - December 29, 2005
- Genta Initiates New Drug Application for Genasense in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - June 30, 2005
- Genta Announces Withdrawal of New Drug Application for Genasense in Melanoma - May 13, 2004
- FDA Advisory Committee Reviews Genasense For Use in Advanced Melanoma - May 3, 2004
- Genta and Aventis Announce Genasense Expanded Access Program for Patients with Advanced Melanoma - April 20, 2004
- Aventis and Genta Announce FDA Acceptance and Priority Review of New Drug Application for Genasense in Advanced Melanoma - February 6, 2004