FDA panel unanimously backs Glaxo cancer drug

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - October 5, 2009

The Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug panel voted unanimously in favor of Glaxo's pazopanib pills for advanced kidney cancer, a rare but deadly form of the disease. The agency is not required to follow the group's advice, though it usually does.

Studies by the British drugmaker showed higher rates of liver damage among patients taking the drug, compared with patients taking a dummy pill. However, panelists said the risks were not significantly worse than those with similar cancer drugs.

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