May 06, 2019
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Can-Fite moves forward with advanced liver cancer therapy

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The FDA granted both orphan drug designation and fast track status to Namodenoson, an advanced liver cancer therapy candidate from Can-Fite BioPharma, according to a press release.

Can-Fite recently announced results from a phase 2 study of Namodensson, in which the therapy increased overall survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and Child-Pugh class B7 compared with placebo, although the trial did not meet its primary endpoint.

Despite not meeting the phase 2 primary endpoint, Can-Fite has a meeting with the FDA to review a plan for a phase 3 clinical trial.

“We look forward to our upcoming meeting with the FDA regarding our phase 3 study design,” Pnina Fishman, CEO of Can-Fite, said in the release. “We are hopeful that based on efficacy data in the largest subgroup of the patient population from our phase 2 study, we can move forward into a pivotal phase 3 trial for marketing approval with the guidance of the FDA.”

Namodenoson is a small orally bioavailable drug that binds to the A3 adenosine receptor. The therapy is also being evaluated as a treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.