WRENTHAM, Mass. & NORTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Julie Megee, a Wrentham resident and breast cancer survivor, will appear on The Balancing Act® airing on Lifetime Television in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In conjunction with the educational segment about breast cancer, Ms. Megee is sponsoring a fundraiser for Breastcancer.org at Perceptions Hair Studio, which she owns and operates in Norton, Mass.
DARA BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARA), a Raleigh, N.C.-based oncology supportive care pharmaceutical company dedicated to providing health care professionals a synergistic portfolio of medicines to help cancer patients adhere to their therapy and manage side effects arising from their cancer treatment, sponsored The Balancing Act® segment. DARA has pledged to match money raised for Breastcancer.org by Ms. Megee.
The segment on The Balancing Act® airs Oct. 14 and 21 at 7 a.m. EDT during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Ms. Megee’s breast cancer story is important because it underlies the importance of early diagnosis and treatment options. After discovering a lump in her breast during a self-exam in early 2013, she quickly scheduled a doctor’s appointment, underwent a lumpectomy and radiation therapy, and is now taking Soltamox® (tamoxifen citrate) to prevent recurrence of the disease. Soltamox® is an oral liquid form of the commonly used medication tamoxifen, until recently available in tablet form only.
“I have always had difficulty taking any type of tablet medication, so I asked my oncologist if there was an alternative to the tamoxifen tablet because I couldn’t imagine taking a tablet every day for at least five years,” Ms. Megee said. Her doctor prescribed Soltamox® (tamoxifen citrate) instead, the only liquid formulation of tamoxifen available. DARA BioSciences markets Soltamox® in the United States.
As part of her fundraising effort to support Breastcancer.org, Ms. Megee and her team at Perceptions Hair Studio will donate $5 for every new client appointment. Breastcancer.org is a leading online resource for breast health and breast cancer information. “I am grateful for the opportunity to support Breastcancer.org which does so much to support women with breast cancer like me,” Ms. Megee said. To donate and learn more, visit their fundraising page.
“We are grateful to Julie and her co-workers for supporting our efforts to provide the most reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer to help women and their loved ones make informed decisions for their lives,” said Rita Lusen, vice president of corporate partnerships and marketing of Breastcancer.org. “Thank you and congratulations to Julie, her team, DARA and The Balancing Act® on producing this timely educational segment about breast cancer and cancer supportive care.”
Ms. Megee joins Nancy Peacock, MD, Tennessee Oncology medical oncologist and breast cancer specialist at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and The Balancing Act® host Danielle Knox in studio and discuss oncology supportive care issues, including the importance of patient compliance to tamoxifen therapy, and how Soltamox® (tamoxifen citrate) oral solution may help improve patient compliance. The segment also touches on side effects of cancer treatment, including skin burns and oral mucositis caused by radiation treatment and chemotherapy. DARA markets Gelclair®, an oral rinse gel for relief of oral mucositis pain, and Bionect®, a topical treatment for skin irritation and burns, in the US oncology/radiology markets. Dr. Peacock and Julie also discuss the important role of patient educational resources such as Breastcancer.org.
“We are pleased to partner with The Balancing Act® to produce this educational segment about breast cancer treatment and support, and appreciate The Balancing Act’s commitment to breast cancer education and programming during Breast Cancer Awareness Month” said David J. Drutz, MD, DARA's chief executive officer and chief medical officer. “We are grateful to Dr. Peacock and Ms. Megee for sharing their experiences on national television, so that others may learn from their insights and knowledge.”
According to recently published National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines (Version 3.2013), tamoxifen is the most firmly established adjuvant endocrine therapy for both premenopausal and postmenopausal women with ER-positive breast cancer. Tamoxifen is usually administered as 20mg daily for five years. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Clinical Practice Guidelines published on July 8, 2013, recommends that in women at increased risk of breast cancer age 35 or older, tamoxifen prophylaxis (20mg per day for five years) should be discussed as an option to reduce the risk of estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer. Soltamox® (tamoxifen citrate) oral solution is bioequivalent to tamoxifen and is prescribed for the same indications. Please see Soltamox® Important Safety Information and the Black Box Warning at the end of this press release. For additional information and a copy of the complete Prescribing Information visit www.soltamox.com.
About DARA BioSciences
DARA BioSciences Inc. is an oncology supportive care pharmaceutical company dedicated to providing healthcare professionals a synergistic portfolio of medicines to help cancer patients adhere to their therapy and manage side effects arising from their cancer treatment.
DARA holds exclusive U.S. marketing rights to Soltamox® (tamoxifen citrate) oral solution, the only liquid form of tamoxifen, used for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Soltamox® offers a choice to patients who prefer or need a liquid form of tamoxifen. Gelclair® is an alcohol-free bioadherent oral rinse gel for rapid and effective relief of pain associated with oral mucositis caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. DARA licensed the U.S. rights to Soltamox® from UK-based Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., and Gelclair® from the Helsinn Group in Switzerland. Under an agreement with Innocutis, DARA also markets Bionect (hyaluronic acid sodium salt, 0.2%), a topical treatment for skin irritation and burns associated with radiation therapy, in US oncology/radiology markets.
DARA is focused on expanding its portfolio of oncology supportive care products in the US, via in-licensing and/or partnering of complementary late-stage and approved products. In addition, the company wishes to identify a strategic partner for the clinical development of KRN5500, currently in Phase 2 for the treatment of chronic, treatment refractory, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CCIPN). The FDA has designated KRN5500 as a Fast Track Drug, and DARA is seeking orphan status for the treatment of CCIPN.
Breastcancer.org is the #1 online resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support, with more than 6,000 pages of expert-reviewed information and a robust, dynamic peer support community. A nonprofit organization, Breastcancer.org receives more than 12 million visits each year.
About The Balancing Act® on Lifetime Television
Now in its 6th year, The Balancing Act® continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act® is simple -- the show strives to help today’s modern woman balance it all by bringing them exceptional solutions to everyday problems. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can watch America’s premier morning show The Balancing Act® weekday mornings on Lifetime television at 7 a.m. (ET/PT).
For additional information or to view a segment visit www.thebalancingact.com.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Tamoxifen citrate is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity and also in women who require concomitant coumarin-type anticoagulant therapy or in women with a history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus. As with other additive hormonal therapy (estrogens and androgens), hypercalcemia has been reported in some breast cancer patients with bone metastases within a few weeks of starting treatment with tamoxifen. If hypercalcemia does occur, appropriate measures should be taken and, if severe, tamoxifen should be discontinued. There is evidence of an increased incidence of thromboembolic events, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, during tamoxifen therapy. When tamoxifen is coadministered with chemotherapy, there may be a further increase in the incidence of thromboembolic effects. Adverse reactions to tamoxifen are relatively mild and rarely severe enough to require discontinuation of treatment in breast cancer patients.
In Women with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) and Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Serious and life-threatening events were associated with tamoxifen in the risk reduction setting (women at high risk for cancer and women with DCIS) include uterine malignancies, stroke and pulmonary embolism. (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Clinical Studies, Reduction in Breast Cancer Incidence In High Risk Women). Health care providers should discuss the potential benefits versus the potential risks of these serious events with women at high risk of breast cancer and women with DCIS considering tamoxifen to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. The benefits of tamoxifen outweigh its risks in women already diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Safe Harbor Statement
All statements in this news release that are not historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially for DARA from those projected. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations described in these forward-looking statements are set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in DARA’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 28, 2013. Those factors include risks and uncertainties relating to DARA's ability to timely commercialize and generate revenues or profits from Bionect®, Soltamox®, Gelclair® or other products given that DARA only recently hired its initial sales force and DARA's lack of history as a revenue-generating company, FDA and other regulatory risks relating to DARA's ability to market Bionect, Soltamox, Gelclair or other products in the U.S. or elsewhere, DARA's ability to develop and bring new products to market as anticipated, DARA's current cash position and its need to raise additional capital in order to be able to continue to fund its operations, the current regulatory environment in which DARA develops and sells its products, the market acceptance of those products, dependence on partners, successful performance under collaborative and other commercial agreements, competition, the strength of DARA's intellectual property and the intellectual property of others, the potential delisting of DARA's common stock from the NASDAQ Capital Market, risks and uncertainties relating to DARA's ability to successfully integrate Oncogenerix and other risk factors identified in the documents DARA has filed, or will file, with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Copies of DARA's filings with the SEC may be obtained from the SEC Internet site at http://www.sec.gov. DARA expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in DARA's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statements are based. DARA BioSciences and the DARA logo are trademarks of DARA BioSciences, Inc.
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