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Nexavar Significantly Improved Overall Survival in Phase 3 Asia-Pacific Liver Cancer Trial
Date:8/26/2007

Trial to be Stopped Early to Allow All Patients Access to Nexavar

WAYNE, N.J. and EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: BAY) and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ONXX) today announced that a planned review by an independent data monitoring committee (DMC) found that Nexavar(R) (sorafenib) tablets significantly improved overall survival, progression free survival, and time to progression in an Asia-Pacific regional Phase 3 trial of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. Based on the DMC's recommendation, the trial will be stopped to allow all patients to receive treatment with Nexavar. Data from this study will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming scientific meeting.

The Asia-Pacific liver cancer study was conducted at the request of Asian health authorities in order to provide supplemental information on Nexavar's efficacy and safety in Asia-Pacific patient populations. Supplemental regulatory filings have been completed in several countries/regions including Europe, China and the United States for Nexavar in the treatment of liver cancer. These filings were based on positive data from the pivotal Phase 3 SHARP study announced earlier this year. Additional regulatory submissions for Nexavar in liver cancer are being finalized.

"Liver cancer incidence continues to rise in the Asia-Pacific region, due to the high prevalence of hepatitis B vi
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