Breast Cancer Chemo Drug Ixempra OK'd
FDA Approves Ixempra for Advanced Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
Oct. 17, 2007 -- The FDA has approved a new breast cancer chemotherapy drug
called Ixempra for the treatment of advanced breast cancer.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., which makes Ixempra, announced the drug's approval
in a news release.
Ixempra will be available "within days," states Bristol-Myers
The drug company says Ixempra was approved for patients with metastatic or
locally advanced breast cancer whose tumors don't respond to other breast
cancer chemotherapy drugs.
Ixempra may be used alone or in combination with the chemotherapy drug
According to Bristol-Myers Squibb, the FDA approved Ixempra based on two
studies that included nearly 880 patients with advanced beast cancer.
The most common adverse events in those studies included pain, fatigue,
nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Bristol-Myers Squibb recommends caution in using Ixempra in patients with a
history of heart disease.
Bristol-Myers Squibb also notes that Ixempra shouldn't be used during
pregnancy, and it shouldn't be used with Xeloda in patients with liver