When will Tykerb be available?


Question from Mauryne: When will Tykerb be available for use?
Answers - Andrew D. Seidman, M.D. I would just point out that it is not a foregone conclusion that Tykerb will be available for use, since it is up to the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee and ultimately the Food and Drug Administration to carefully review the data to decide about the merits of this promising drug. Having said that, the data presented recently are very encouraging, and one would hope for an expeditious review of the data. While this is awaited, there is an expanded use program available for women with similar characteristics to the patients who participated in the randomized trial reported by Dr. Geyer at ASCO this spring. Patients who think this drug might be relevant for them should ask their medical oncologist if this could be a good option.
Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see it widely available until 2007.

Editor's Note: Tykerb was approved by the FDA in March 2007.

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