Novartis files for Gleevec to treat four other cancers

Novartis has applied in the U.S. and European Union to have its Gleevec, which is currently approved for treating types of leukemia and stomach cancers, also approved for use in fighting four other types of cancer. The filings are an indication of a movement under way in the drug industry in which the emphasis of cancer treatment is on genetic mutations now believed to be the cause of cancers, instead of specific body parts, The Wall Street Journal asserts.

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