Zevalin Causes Long-Lasting Remissions, Researchers Say

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Follow-up data from a trial of 409 patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma shows that treatment with Zevalin is long lasting, said the drug’s marketer, Seattle-based Cell Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CTIC). Researchers found that patients who had their tumors completely wiped out after taking Zevalin remained in remission for at least 67 months, compared with 31 months for patients in a control group, the company said today in a statement at the American Society of Hematology meeting in San Francisco. Cell Therapeutics recently signed a partnership with Spectrum Pharmaceuticals to co-market the drug, and is seeking permission from the FDA to sell it to a broader group of lymphoma patients.