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Saw this in the Post today online:

From the Wash Post 2/5/04:

FDA Approves Drug for Asbestos-Related Cancer

Thursday, February 5, 2004; 10:15 AM

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it has approved the first drug for treatment of a rare type of cancer known as malignant pleural mesothelioma. The drug, pemetraxed disodium, is used in combination with cisplatin, the agency said.

Sold under the trade name Alimta, the newly approved drug received priority review as an orphan drug, FDA said.

Only about 2,000 new cases are diagnosed annually of this cancer, which occurs in the mesothelium, a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. This form of cancer is usually associated with a history of asbestos exposure.

Mfg by Eli Lilly Inc.


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