Bayer says Nexavar phase III skin cancer tests fail to meet primary endpoint

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bayer LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AFX) - Bayer (nyse: BAY ) AG and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc said Phase III skin cancer tests of their Nexavar (sorafenib) tablets failed to meet their primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival (PFS).

'We are disappointed, first and foremost, for the patients with refractory metastatic melanoma for whom treatment options are so limited,' Onyx chief executive Hollings Renton said in a statement.

'However, this trial does not change our commitment to, and belief in, Nexavar. We hope to demonstrate utility in a wide variety of tumours and we will continue to broaden our clinical program, including increasing our attention to the more common malignancies in which anti-angiogenics have demonstrated activity.'

source - AFX