Experienced CRO Provides Implementation Services for TheraSphere® Clinical Trials
OTTAWA, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ), a
leading provider of products and services to the global health science
market, today announced that Theorem Clinical Research, previously
Omnicare Clinical Research, a full service Contract Research
Organization (CRO) has been awarded the contract to conduct Nordion's
recently announced TheraSphere Phase III clinical trials for the
treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancers - STOP-HCC and EPOCH.
During the multi-year contract, Theorem Clinical Research will provide
clinical trial implementation services which include clinical data
management, statistical analysis, monitoring, and administrative
expertise to support the conduct of the studies. The trials are
designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of TheraSphere.
In March 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Nordion's
clinical trial applications for both primary and secondary liver
cancer. The trial for primary liver cancer currently envisages
approximately 400 patients at up to 40 sites around the world. The
secondary liver cancer trial is expected to include approximately 350
patients at up to 30 sites worldwide.
TheraSphere is a liver cancer therapy that consists of millions of small
glass beads (20 to 30 micrometers in diameter) containing radioactive
yttrium-90 (Y-90). The product is injected by physicians into the main
artery of the patient's liver through a catheter, which allows the
treatment to be delivered directly to the tumour via blood vessels.
TheraSphere is approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration under a
Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE). HDE approvals are based on
demonstrated safety and probable clinical benefit. However,
effectiveness of the indication for use has not been established.
TheraSphere treatment can generally be administered on an outpatient
basis and does not usually require an overnight hospital stay.
TheraSphere, reimbursed by Medicare and a number of major commercial
health insurers in the U.S., is used to treat patients with
unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and can be used as a bridge
to surgery or transplantation in these patients. It can also be used to
treat primary liver cancer patients with portal vein thrombosis.
Common side effects include mild to moderate fatigue, pain and nausea
for about a week. Physicians describe these symptoms as similar to
those of the flu. Some patients experience some loss of appetite and
temporary changes in several blood tests. For details on rare or more
severe side effects, please refer to the TheraSphere package insert at www.nordion.com/therasphere.
About Nordion Inc.
Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ) is a global specialty health science
company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of
medical isotopes, targeted therapies and sterilization technologies
that benefit the lives of millions of people in more than 60 countries
around the world. Our products are used daily by pharmaceutical and
biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals,
clinics and research laboratories. Nordion has more than 500 highly
skilled employees in three locations. Find out more at www.nordion.com
About Theorem Clinical Research (previously Omnicare Clinical Research)
Theorem Clinical Research is a leading global, full-service contract
research organization (CRO) headquartered in King of Prussia,
Pennsylvania. With office locations in 32 countries, the firm has
relationships with customers all across the globe comprised of some of
the world's leading pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device
companies. Theorem's core CRO services are Early Phase, Phase II/III
and Late Phase and the company features specialized Business Units
focused on medical device, technical services and pharmaceutics. For
more information on Theorem, visit: www.theoremclinical.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute
"forward-looking statements". These statements are based on current
beliefs and assumptions of management, however are subject to known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual
results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in
this news release. For additional information with respect to certain
of these beliefs, assumptions, risks and uncertainties, please refer to
Nordion's Annual Information Form for fiscal 2010 available on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com and on EDGAR on www.sec.gov.
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