- MD Anderson VP of Clinical Research Aman Buzdar, M.D., takes issue with Northwest Biotherapeutics' (NWBO -10.4%) trigger-happy behavior regarding disclosing preliminary and unconfirmed results from the ongoing DCVax clinical trial. The company has issued five press releases and conducted one conference call disclosing the results from individual cancer patients who have had single inoperable tumors injected with DCVax-Direct. This is problematic due to two issues: 1) the investigators have not reviewed or analyzed the data because patients are still being enrolled and treated and 2) NWBO's published "results" come from patient case report forms which the trial sites are obligated to send to the trial sponsor.
- Dr. Buzdar says, "I have read the information that the company has put in the public domain. It is extremely unusual and inappropriate." He terms the company's disclosures inappropriate because injecting a tumor with any substance can cause regression due to necrosis-causing inflammation. He says, "..it is a tremendous leap to say that this is a real response."
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