Ampligen® represents an RNA being developed for globally important cancers, viral diseases and disorders of the immune system. Ampligen® has in the clinic demonstrated the potential for standalone efficacy in a number of solid tumors. We have also seen success in increasing survival rates and efficacy in the treatment of animal tumors when Ampligen® is used in combination with checkpoint blockade therapies. This success in the field of immuno-oncology has guided our focus toward the potential use of Ampligen® as a combinational therapy for the treatment of a variety of solid tumor types. There are currently multiple Ampligen® clinical trials — both underway and planned — at major cancer research centers around the country. Ampligen ® is also being used as a monotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer patients in an Early Access Program (EAP) approved by the Inspectorate of Healthcare in the Netherlands at Erasmus Medical Center.
Ampligen® is also being evaluated for the treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Hemispherx is currently sponsoring an expanded access program (EAP) for ME/CFS patients in the U.S. In August 2016, we received approval of our NDA from Administracion Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnologia Medica (ANMAT) for commercial sale of Ampligen® in the Argentine Republic for the treatment of severe CFS. With regulatory approval in Argentina, Ampligen® is the world’s only approved therapeutic for ME/CFS. We continue to pursue our Ampligen New Drug Application, or NDA, for the treatment of CFS with the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. Please see “Research And Development (“R&D”); Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (“ME/CFS”)” below.
Alferon N Injection®
Alferon N Injection® is approved for a category of STD infection and patients that are intolerant to recombinant interferon in Argentina. Alferon is the only natural-source, multi-species alpha interferon currently approved for sale in the U.S. for the intralesional treatment of refractory (resistant to other treatment) or recurring external Condylomata Acuminata/genital warts (GW) in patients 18 years of age or older. Certain types of human papilloma viruses cause GW. Hemispherx also has approval from ANMAT for the treatment of refractory patients that failed or were intolerant to treatment with recombinant interferon in Argentina. We have developed and, with proper funding, will be seeking FDA Pre-Approval Inspection of a high-volume, high-efficiency, upgraded manufacturing process to allow for the commercial viability of Alferon®.