Oral drug approved to treat liver cancer

November 20, 2007

Nexavar gains new indication approval for liver cancer

Nexavar (sorafenib) tablets, originally approved to treat advanced kidney cancer, have just been approved for a new indication. The kinase inhibitor can now be used to treat liver cancer as well. The oral anticancer drug, a product of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, was approved on a priority review basis. According to Bayer, sorafenib is the first approved systemic therapy for liver cancer and the only one shown to significantly improve survival.

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