Alpharadin extends overall survival in trial

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   Posted 6/6/2011 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
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Algeta shares spike on promising prostate cancer drug data
By john
Created Jun 6 2011 - 10:08am

Shares of Norway's Algeta spiked 36 percent this morning after the biotech's partner Bayer unveiled promising data on their castration-resistant prostate cancer treatment Alpharadin (radium-223 chloride). Median overall survival for patients with symptomatic bone metastases was 14 months compared to the 11.2 months registered among the standard therapeutic arm. And researchers stopped the trial so they could extend treatment to the placebo arm.

Robin Davison, a biotech analyst at Edison, told Reuters that the data amounted to "splendid news. There's almost no doubt that the product will now be approved. There's a very large increase of survival in the context of this particular cancer."

Prostate cancer treatments has been a hot field, with Dendreon leading the pack with Provenge. J&J followed up with an approval for Zytiga (abiraterone) and Medivation has a closely watched program for MDV3100.

"Around 90 percent of men with advanced prostate cancer have bone metastases, which are the main cause of disability and death in this disease," said Dr. Chris Parker, the principal investigator. "Advanced prostate cancer has a poor prognosis and treatment options are limited. Based on the observed survival benefit and its safety profile, Alpharadin may become an important treatment for patients with bone metastases from advanced prostate cancer."
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   Posted 6/6/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Treatment is accelerating at an accelerating rate, what good news. Should have bought the stock, what?
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