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Pharmion's Amrubicin Shows Encouraging Results Compared to Standard of Care in Second Line Treatment of Small Cell Lung Cancer
Date:11/9/2007

are expected in the second half of 2008.

Pharmion recently initiated an international pivotal Phase 3 trial of Amrubicin versus topotecan as second-line treatment of small cell lung cancer (sensitive or refractory and limited or extensive disease). The randomized, controlled, multi-center study will compare Amrubicin to topotecan, the only approved chemotherapy for second-line treatment of SCLC in the US and EU. The primary endpoint of the study is overall survival. Enrollment in the study of 480 patients is underway. Pharmion has completed the Scientific Advice (SA) process with the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and has reached Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Amrubicin Phase 3 SCLC study.

About Amrubicin

Pharmion acquired the rights to Amrubicin in November 2006 through its acquisition of Cabrellis Pharmaceuticals. In 2002, Amrubicin was approved and launched for sale in Japan based on Phase 2 efficacy data in both SCLC and NSCLC. Since January 2005, Amrubicin has been marketed by Nippon Kayaku, a Japanese pharmaceutical firm focused on oncology, which licensed Japanese marketing rights from Dainippon Sumitomo, the original developer of Amrubicin.

About Small Cell Lung Cancer

Small cell lung cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the lung, and which occurs almost exclusively in people who smoke. While small cell lung cancer constitutes approximately 15 percent of all lung cancers, SCLC tends to be more aggressive and fast growing than the more common non-small cell lung cancer. Of the estimated 62,000 patients diagnosed with SCLC each year in the US and EU, approximately 60 percent of patients have extensive disease at diagnosis, and the remaining 40 percent present with localized, or limited stage, disease.

About Pharmion

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