Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc. is reeling from the phase III failure of its lead candidate, RP-G28, designed for patients with lactose intolerance. RP-G28 failed to demonstrate statistical significance in its primary endpoint as the top-line data showed it had no or little difference on patients compared to placebo. The data also show RP-G28 missed its secondary endpoints, all of which casts a shadow on the company and its pipeline.
Shares of San Diego-based Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ:TOCA) fell 77.7% to 93 cents Thursday after its two-part immunotherapy for people with recurrent brain cancer failed to surpass standard of care on overall survival (OS), the primary endpoint of the company's phase III Toca 5 trial. Secondary endpoints in the registrational study were also missed, showing no meaningful difference between study arms.
Aveo Oncology Inc. is moving closer to a potential NDA filing for its renal cell carcinoma (RCC) drug, tivozanib, following a recently conducted analysis of the ongoing phase III trial Tivo-3. Updated results evidenced "durable improvements" for study participants, all of whom have refractory metastatic RCC, said primary investigator Brian Rini. Company shares (NASDAQ:AVEO) climbed 30.9% to 92 cents Tuesday as Aveo said it would discuss the data with the FDA, which rejected the company's first attempt at approval in RCC in the summer of 2013.