Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc announced that the U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for use of Davanat in combination with 5-FU to treat a breast cancer patient at the Brown Cancer Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.

Davanat also is being administered in phase-II clinical trials for first-line treatment of colorectal and biliary cancer patients. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 180,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and approximately 45,000 deaths will occur.

Pre-clinical studies showed that Davanat, in combination with chemotherapy, significantly reduced tumour growth in mice implanted with metastatic human breast cancer. Results from similar pre-clinical studies designed to optimize formulations of Davanat and 5-FU also lowered toxicity as indicated by the weight gain of the mice in the study.

The company recently completed an important step toward submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) by submitting a Drug Master File (DMF) with the FDA. The DMF contains information that will be used to support an NDA filing. Davanat is a proprietary carbohydrate drug that is administered with chemotherapies and biologics to treat cancer.

Pro-Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of first-inclass, targeted therapeutic compounds for advanced treatment of cancer, liver, microbial and inflammatory diseases.