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New gastric cancer drug validated


A drug to treat the seventh most common cancer in Europe has been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA).

Advanced gastric cancer medication S-1 was validated for use with cisplatin for Taiho Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd.

Gastric cancer affects more than twice as many men as women in Europe, and most sufferers are aged between 50 and 70. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death, and there is no chemotherapy treatment yet considered as a standard of care.

Medical oncologist Peter Harper MD, from The London Oncology Clinic, said: “Gastric cancer is an area of significant unmet medical need in Europe and around the world.

“It is exciting to see this progress, especially with an oral drug that has the potential to provide a safer and more convenient treatment alternative for patients and their attending physicians who are dealing with this devastating disease.”

The EMEA designated Japanese company Taiho’s S-1 drug as an orphan medicinal product for gastric cancer on December 20, 2007.

Copyright Press Association 2009

Please note: This story has been corrected from 20/11/2009

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