NWBT Highlights Cost Effectiveness of DCVaxÃ‚® in View of Recent Immunotherapy Pricing Concerns
BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTC.BB: NWBO) reminded markets, in response to recent investor concerns about Dendreon's Provenge immune therapy, that NWBT's DCVax® immune therapies for a broad range of cancers (including prostate, brain, ovarian and others) hold the promise, based on available data to date, of being cost effective and priced below other immune therapies while still providing substantial profit margins for the Company and longer survival for patients.
The investor concerns in the news relate to the pricing and reimbursement of Provenge for late stage, metastatic prostate cancer. Provenge is priced at $93,000 for one month of treatment and was approved by the FDA based upon having added 4.5 months of patient survival (to reach overall survival of 25.9 months).
NWBT's DCVax® will be priced in the range of $37,000 per year for up to 3 years of treatments. In NWBT's Phase I/II multi-center clinical trial in late stage, metastatic prostate cancer, DCVax® added 18 months of patient survival (to reach overall survival of 38.7 months). DCVax® has previously been cleared by the FDA for a 612-patient, randomized, controlled Phase III trial, although the trial has not yet begun. As is typical before a Phase III trial, the manufacturing processes and product costs have already been determined.
Linda Powers, Chairman of the NWBT Board and CEO commented that "It is really important that pricing and reimbursement concerns associated with certain immune therapies, such as Provenge, not cause a disillusionment with all of the emerging immune therapies for cancer. Some of these, such as DCVax®, while at an earlier stage of development, continue to prog