VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE MKT: CVM) today announced that it has responded to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) most recent communication from May 2017 about the clinical hold imposed on the Company’s Phase 3 head and neck cancer study with Multikine* (Leukocyte Interleukin, Inj.).
The hold issues addressed in the FDA communication were that the study’s Investigator Brochure (IB) and the “Dear Investigator” letter need to be revised. Specific deficiencies and their locations in each of the documents were identified, and directions were given as to the specific information that should be included in the revisions of these documents. CEL-SCI revised the documents exactly as directed by the FDA. If the FDA finds the revisions made to the two documents to be satisfactory, CEL-SCI is hopeful that all of the clinical hold issues have now been addressed, and the FDA will consider lifting the clinical hold.
As of September 2016, nine hundred twenty-eight (928) head and neck cancer patients have been enrolled and have completed treatment in the Phase 3 study. In accordance with the study protocol, the FDA’s instructions, and subject to the clinical hold, CEL-SCI continues to follow these patients.
The study endpoint is a 10% increase in overall survival of patients between the two main comparator groups in favor of the group receiving the Multikine treatment regimen. The determination if the study end point is met will occur when there are a total of 298 deaths in those two groups.
About CEL-SCI Corporation
CEL-SCI's work is focused on finding the best way to activate the immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and in/near Baltimore, Maryland.
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* Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection) is the trademark that CEL-SCI has registered for this investigational therapy, and this proprietary name is subject to FDA review in connection with the Company's future anticipated regulatory submission for approval. Multikine has not been licensed or approved for sale, barter or exchange by the FDA or any other regulatory agency. Similarly, its safety or efficacy has not been established for any use. Moreover, no definitive conclusions can be drawn from the early-phase, clinical-trials data involving the investigational therapy Multikine. Further research is required, and early-phase clinical trial results must be confirmed in the Phase 3 clinical trial of this investigational therapy that is in progress and that is currently subject to a clinical hold.