Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pexa-Vec Doubles Survival of Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients

An oncolytic virus-based drug JX-594 (also called Pexa-Vec) is highly effective in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. According to the results of a Phase II clinical trial published online at Nature Medicine journal's website on February 10, 2013, the patients who were given higher (more effective) dose of JX-594 had a median survival of 14.1 months which was twice that seen in the low dose group (6.7 months).