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Bayer: China approves liver cancer drug.

(CercleFinance.com) - The Chinese Food and Drug Administration has approved Bayer's Stivarga tablets for the second-line treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, the German pharmaceuticals group said on Wednesday.

The company points out that data from a pivotal Phase III study showed that Stivarga provided a clinically meaningful improvement in overall survival rates, with a median of 10.6 months versus 7.8 months for placebo.

Liver cancer - a disease that is more difficult to treat than other cancers - has 466,000 new cases diagnosed in China each year, and 422,000 deaths.

Stivarga has already been approved in China for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumours.

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