AstraZeneca Begins Phase III for Iressa Successor

AstraZeneca said last week that it had begun Phase III trials in lung-cancer patients for a dual-action pill combining effects similar to those of Iressa and Avastin.

The Iressa-like component of the drug is actually of the drug targets EGFR, but the small molecule is not identical to that drug, Mary Lynn Carver, an AstraZeneca spokesperson, told Pharmacogenomics Reporter. "EGFR is only one piece of this drug — the other is the vascular targeting agent," she said.

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