This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
$1 buys you full access to ALL of TheStreet's Subscription Services! Learn More

Questcor To Commence Phase 2 Study Of Acthar For ALS

Stocks in this article: QCOR

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOR) announced today that patient screening will commence in connection with Questcor's Phase 2 Study to explore the safety and tolerability of H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection) in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  ALS -- often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease -- is a progressive, degenerative disease affecting motor neurons.  ALS is a serious debilitating disease that significantly alters one's quality of life.  According to the ALS Association, the average life expectancy from the time of diagnosis for someone affected by this disorder is about two to five years.

The study will seek to enroll up to 40 patients in an 8-week randomized, open-label trial designed to explore the safety and tolerability of four dosing regimens of Acthar.  Patients who successfully conclude the initial 8-week trial will then have the option to participate in a 28-week open-label extension with a 3-week taper and one week follow-up period.  The study will also examine whether Acthar provides any functional improvement to ALS patients.

"Questcor has focused its expanding R&D efforts on devastating medical conditions for which patients are in need of new treatment options," said Dr. David Young, Questcor's Chief Scientific Officer. " We are continually understanding more about the mechanism of action of Acthar and how it might provide benefit to patients in need.  Initial non-clinical research efforts provided us with data suggesting that Acthar may potentially provide therapeutic benefit to patients with ALS, leading us to conduct this important phase 2 study to further explore this possibility."

"In addition to this ALS trial, Questcor has on-going trials in idiopathic membranous nephropathy, systemic lupus erthymatosus, and diabetic nephropathy," continued Dr. Young. "These trials, combined with many mechanism of action studies and numerous Questcor-sponsored investigator initiated studies, are aimed at building the body of evidence surrounding the safety and efficacy of Acthar in both on-label and potential new indications."

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,827.75 +12.81 0.07%
S&P 500 2,072.83 +5.80 0.28%
NASDAQ 4,787.3170 +29.0650 0.61%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs