FDA gives fast track to promising kidney cancer drug

04/6/2004 | Medscape (free registration)

A new drug designed for treatment of advanced kidney cancer has received the OK for placement on fast-track status for FDA approval. The drug, known as BAY 43-9006, prevents tumor growth by two means -- antiangiogenesis and inhibition of tumor cell proliferation -- and its fast-track status will allow its makers, Onyx Pharmaceuticals and a unit of German drugmaker Bayer AG, to submit data as it becomes available instead of waiting until clinical studies are complete.

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