Can-Fite Receives U.S. FDA’s Go Ahead for Piclidenoson Psoriasis Registration Plan

  • FDA encouraged the Company to enroll adolescent patients due to the strong safety profile of the drug demonstrated over the development history and prior clinical studies

PETACH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE: CANF), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address oncology, inflammatory, and liver diseases, today announced that it received feedback and advice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with respect to non-clinical and clinical development and registration plans for Piclidenoson for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

The FDA had a positive view of the non-clinical studies conducted by the Company and the accumulated safety data that the Company submitted to the agency as part of the registration plan.

The FDA provided advice on the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 clinical trial protocol with Piclidenoson that is aimed at demonstrating clinical safety and efficacy for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The FDA requested two Phase 3 safety and efficacy studies and also encouraged the Company to enroll adolescent patients due to the strong safety profile of the drug demonstrated over the development history and prior clinical studies. To harmonize the requests of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the FDA, Can-Fite plans to conduct two Phase 3 studies in parallel, including adolescent patients.

Can-Fite believes the inclusion of adolescent patients in one or both of the Phase 3 studies significantly broadens the market launch potential of the drug. Psoriasis affects millions of people worldwide, including a significant number of adolescents who endure the physical and emotional burden of this challenging disease. There are limited treatment options available for adolescent patients in the U.S. Otezla is not approved for use in adolescents, and existing oral options include steroids and off-label use of retinoids (acitretin) and methotrexate, both of which carry significant safety and tolerability issues for teenagers. The Company believes that Piclidenoson represents a promising oral option for this underserved population.

Upon positive conclusion of the Phase 3 program, the Company plans to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. FDA and Marketing Authorization Plan (MAA) to the EMA.

“We are delighted to share the positive feedback that we received from the U.S. FDA and we believe that Piclidenoson’s oral dosage and excellent safety record, combined with its progressive effectiveness over time, make it ideally suited for the chronic treatment of psoriasis,” stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman.

About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd.

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE: CANF) is an advanced clinical stage drug development company with a platform technology that is designed to address multi-billion dollar markets in the treatment of cancer, liver, and inflammatory disease. The Company's anti-inflammatory drug Piclidenoson reported topline results in a Phase 3 trial for psoriasis and is expected to commence a pivotal Phase 3 program. Can-Fite's cancer and liver drug, Namodenoson, is being evaluated in a Phase 2b trial for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), enrollment is expected to commence in a Phase 3 trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and the Company is planning a Phase 2a study in pancreatic cancer. Namodenoson has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. and Europe and Fast Track Designation as a second line treatment for HCC by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Namodenoson has also shown proof of concept to potentially treat other cancers including colon, prostate, and melanoma. CF602, the Company's third drug candidate, has shown efficacy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. These drugs have an excellent safety profile with experience in over 1,500 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit:

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Can-Fite BioPharma
Motti Farbstein
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