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Tuesday, 6 November, 2007

Europe approves first advanced liver CA drug

Sorafenib, the oral anti-cancer drug commonly used for kidney cancer, earned the European Commission's (EC) seal of approval for , on October 30. The manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, is now waiting for decisions from Health Canada and the FDA.

In a press release, Bayer spokesperson Arthur Higgins said,

"The approval of Nexavar (sorafenib), a novel multi-kinase inhibitor, represents an unprecedented advance for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who, until now, had no approved systemic treatment options."
The drug -- already on the for renal carcinoma treatment -- boosts HCC patients' survival by 44%, adding up to three months to their lives. on sorafenib's dramatic results in June, when the research was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncologists meeting in Chicago.

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