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MHLW Approves Erbitax, Thymoglobulin And Mycobutin

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The Second Division of the Pharmaceutical and Food Sanitation Council of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare approved three drugs May 23: Merck's Erbitax (cetuximab), Sanofi-Aventis' Thymoglobulin IV infusion and Pfizer's Mycobutin (rifabutin). Cetuximab is the second approved molecular-targeted colon and rectum cancer drug after Chugai's Avastin (bevacizumab). Thymoglobulin is applied to treat moderate to severe aplastic anemia. Mycobutin is used to treat tuberculosis and prevent disseminated mycobacterium avium complex, a disease in patients with advanced HIV infection. After the division reports the items to the Pharmaceutical Affairs section meeting in June, formal approvals are estimated to be in middle July. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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