* Mid-stage trial sees 84 pct response rate
* Late-stage study shows 35 months progression-free
* Shares up 10 pct
Dec 6 Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc (SPPI.O)
said a mid-stage trial of its injection for non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma (NHL), a type of cancer, as a first-line therapy
showed positive results, sending its shares up 10 percent.
Patients who were given a single dose of the drug Zevalin
without upfront chemotherapy showed a response rate of 84
percent, the company said.
Spectrum also said a late-stage trial of the drug showed
nearly three years of progression-free survival benefit in
patients with NHL after partial or complete response to
The company said it plans to submit the data for
consideration to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to
remove the bioscan requirement before taking the injection.
Spectrum shares, which have risen 18 percent since the U.S.
FDA accepted its cancer drug for review in November, were up 10
percent at $5.96 in extended trade on Monday.
(Reporting by Shravya Jain in Bangalore; Editing by Vinu