logo
Sign in or Register

Already a member?

Sign in

Or sign in with your account on:

Not a member yet?

Register
    

 


Delcath Systems (DCTH) Nearly Doubles on FDA Orphan Status Announcement

By  +Follow October 2, 2013 7:28AM
Share:
Tickers Mentioned:

Shares in Delcath Systems (DCTH) nearly doubled Wednesday after the FDA announced that it had granted orphan status to melphalan for treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer, also known as HCC). The stock leapt as much as 113 percent on heavy trading before settling into gains of around 90 percent as the day wore on.

Delcath Pops on Good News, Regains Some Lost Ground

Delcath, a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, was in the midst of a rough year, down almost 75 percent since the start of 2013. The company’s stock plunged in early May on news that an FDA Advisory panel had unanimously voted against recommending Delcath’s Melblez kit therapy for treatment of hepatic-dominant metastatic ocular melanoma. The 16-0 vote came after reviewers noted that "substantial and severe toxicity" had been identified and seven of the 122 patients in the trial treated by the drug-combo had died as a result of treatment.

Today’s announcement is some much-needed good news for owners of Delcath. Orphan status, which indicates that one of the drugs the company has in development can be used to treat a rare disease, comes with a number of advantages, including tax breaks on research and waived fees. The FDA threshold for orphan drug status is 200,000 or fewer patients in the United States, and there currently only about 26,000 people suffering from primary liver cancer.

Delcath Still Not Out of the Woods

While Delcath’s ChemoStat treatment for HCC has just received certain benefits, it still needs final approval from the FDA. And this is anything but certain, given that just earlier this month the FDA didn’t grant approval for the drug. The FDA’s September 12th letter stated that Delcath needed to perform another "well-controlled randomized trial(s) to establish the safety and efficacy of Melblez Kit using overall survival as the primary efficacy outcome measure" which "demonstrates that the clinical benefits of Melblez Kit outweigh its risks."

However, Delcath’s path to the desired ultimate outcome is smoothed somewhat with the granting of orphan status.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions. To read our full disclosure, please go to: http://www.equities.com/disclaimer


Signup for our daily newsletter and get our best articles emailed right to you!

				
				
By  +Follow October 2, 2013 7:28AM
Share:

Comments

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 Today's Must Reads

Welcome to Equities.com's Small-Cap Throwdown


These Analysts Called Apple's (AAPL) Collapse, Here's What They're Saying Now

7 Dow Stocks Worth Owning and a Lot that Aren't

Sprint Turnaround Has Begun


Saving the

Small-Cap Market

 

Small-cap stocks offer investors many benefits, ranging from higher growth potential to overlooked value opportuni... in Equities.com's Hangs on LockerDome

About us

Equities.com is an advanced financial data portal and social network designed to connect self-directed investors with the world’s most innovative startup and small cap companies. Through our in-depth coverage of small cap markets, comprehensive research and stock valuation reports, state of the art issuer products, and world class events, Equities.com provides the social tools and insight that drive tomorrow’s investment relationships and opportunities.

Market Data powered by QuoteMedia.
Copyright © QuoteMedia. Data delayed 15 minutes unless otherwise indicated. Terms of Use.

Login or Register

LOG IN