New version of Enzon cancer drug secures orphan status in EU

09/30/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

European regulators granted orphan-drug status for Enzon Pharmaceuticals' Oncaspar-IV, a new version of its cancer drug for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The designation prevents other drugmakers from selling copies of Oncaspar-IV for a decade should the product receive market clearance. Oncaspar-IV destroys cancer cells by depriving them of a key amino acid.

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