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Ortho Biotech Announces NDA Submission for Trabectedin for the Treatment of Relapsed Ovarian Cancer
Date:11/20/2008

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. today announced the submission of a new drug application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for trabectedin when administered in combination with DOXIL(R) (doxorubicin HCI liposome injection)for the treatment of women with relapsed ovarian cancer (ROC). If approved, trabectedin combined with DOXIL will provide a new, non-platinum treatment option for these patients in the United States.

The application follows the completion of a multicenter, randomized Phase III study, ET743-OVA-301, one of the largest studies conducted in ROC, comparing the combination of trabectedin and DOXIL to DOXIL alone in 672 patients. The study showed that patients treated with the combination treatment had a statistically significant improvement in the primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS, or the length of time during and after treatment in which the disease does not progress) compared to patients treated with DOXIL alone.

"This is a significant milestone in the development of trabectedin, an agent with a novel mechanism of action that holds promise for patients with relapsed ovarian cancer," said Craig Tendler, M.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs, Oncology/ Nephrology, Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. "We are confident in the strength of the data supporting the application and look forward to working with the FDA throughout the regulatory review process."

Relapsed ovarian cancer refers to epithelial carcinoma of the ovary that recurs after treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is estimated that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with, and 15,520 women will die from ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008.

Trabectedin is being developed under a license from PharmaMar, and DOXIL is marketed by Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. in the U.S.

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