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News From the Food and Drug Administration
September 11, 2002

Drug for Colorectal Cancer

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JAMA. 2002;288(10):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1225

The FDA has given accelerated approval to oxaliplatin (Eloxatin, Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc, New York), a new antineoplastic agent with antitumor activity that differs from cisplatin and carboplatin. The drug is indicated for use as an injection in combination with infusional 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin (5-FU/LV) for the treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum whose disease has recurred or progressed following first-line therapy with bolus 5-FU/LV plus irinotecan.