- Named Patient Programs will allow Providers to treat patients with bone metastases pain palliation radiopharmaceutical treatment as of September, 2020
- Named Patient Programs will remain in place until the treatment has been commercialised in EU and ROW, which is expected to be completed in 2021
NEW YORK, August 11, 2020 - Q BioMed Inc. (OTCQB: QBIO), a commercial stage biotech company, announced today it is launching a Named Patient Program for its non-opioid bone metastases pain palliation drug, Strontium89 (Strontium Chloride Sr-89 Injection, USP). The Named Patient Program will be available to physicians and patients in the EU and throughout the world, and will be facilitated by Caligor Coghlan Pharma Services (CCPS).
Strontium89 is an FDA-approved, non-opioid radiopharmaceutical indicated for the treatment of painful skeletal metastases caused by cancer, and is agnostic of the primary tumor. Common primary tumors that metastasize to the bone include prostate, breast, lung, as well as others. In several multicenter, placebo-controlled trials in cancer patients with pain from bone metastases, pain relief occurred in more patients treated with a single injection of Strontium89 than in patients treated with an injection of placebo. Strontium89 is administered intravenously once every three months and for some patients can reduce or even eliminate the need for opioid analgesics; pain relief lasts from 2 - 5 months in most patients.
Use of Strontium89 in patients with evidence of seriously compromised bone marrow from previous therapy or disease infiltration is not recommended unless the potential benefit of the treatment outweighs its risks. Bone marrow toxicity is to be expected, particularly in white blood cells and platelets. The extent of toxicity is variable but effects are generally transient. In randomized studies of Strontium89, the majority of hematologic toxicity was mild to moderate (Grade 2 or less) and white blood cell and platelet counts remained within approximately 70% of pretreatment levels. For more information including Important Safety Information please visit the Strontium89 page on Qbiomed.com.
Over ten million people around the world suffer from pain associated with metastatic cancer in the bone and may benefit from Strontium89. For nearly two years, there has been little to no access to this vital therapy, after manufacturing ceased in December of 2018. Q BioMed is pleased that the Named Patient Program will ensure immediate global patient access to an important therapy for this patient population. In the meantime, Q BioMed is actively pursuing full regulatory and marketing approval for Strontium89 in all major markets worldwide.
Denis Corin, CEO of Q BioMed, said of the program, “We are very happy that Strontium89 is once again available worldwide, and that physicians have the ability to prescribe a safe, effective and non-opioid treatment to their bone metastasis pain patients regardless of their primary tumor type and notably beyond prostate cancer. We are actively working to ensure that Strontium89 is accessible to patients everywhere and to extend its relevance and use thorough additional clinical study.”
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