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Teysuno™ (S-1) Receives CHMP Positive Opinion for Approval as First-Line Therapy for Advanced Gastric Cancer
Date:12/17/2010

, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Taiho Pharma U.S.A., Inc.  "Availability of Teysuno in Europe will provide physicians with another option in the management of this very difficult to treat disease."

The CHMP, on the basis of quality, safety and efficacy data submitted, considers there to be a favourable benefit-to-risk balance for Teysuno and therefore recommends granting marketing authorization for the product. The CHMP recommendation requires formal approval by the EC for marketing of Teysuno in all European Union (EU) Member States, which is expected in early 2011.

Taiho is currently in discussions with potential marketing partners for Teysuno to ensure its timely and effective introduction to the European oncology community.

About Gastric Cancer

With an estimated 934,000 new cases per year (8.6% of all new cancer cases), gastric cancer is the fourth most common cancer worldwide, following lung, breast, and colorectal cancers.(1) It is the second most common cause of cancer-related death, accounting for an estimated 700,000 to 800,000 deaths annually.(1,2) Nearly 70% of new cases occur in developing countries; 42% of new cases occur in China alone.(1,2)

In Europe, gastric cancer is the seventh most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of cancer death, with an estimated annual mortality rate of 118,200.(3) In general, gastric cancer incidence rates are about twice as high among men as in women. The disease is difficult to cure unless it is diagnosed in its early stages. Unfortunately, because early gastric cancer causes few symptoms, the disease is not usually diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. In Europe, the five-year survival rate for gastric cancer is roughly 20% in men and 25% in women. Similarly, in the United States, the five-year survival rate for gastric cancer is 24%, though survival rates improve to 61% if the disease is detected early. However, less than one-quarter of gastric canc
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