January 15, 2016 / 12:26 PM / 4 years ago

FDA delays decision on Heron's nausea drug

(Reuters) - Heron Therapeutics Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had postponed a decision on its injectable drug to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea.

The FDA is now expected to decide on Sustol by late February instead of the earlier deadline of Sunday, Heron said on Friday.

Sustol succeeded in a late-stage study that tested the drug against GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s anti-nausea drug, Zofran. Both the drugs were tested in combination with two standard-of-care nausea treatments.

Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), considered one of the most acute side effects of cancer therapy, occurs in up to 80 percent of patients, according to the National Institute of Health.

Heron is testing another drug for CINV. The company has two other experimental drugs aimed at treating chronic pain.

The Redwood City, California-based company’s shares closed at $23.22 on Thursday.

Reporting by Anjali Rao Koppala in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Kirti Pandey

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