Class/mechanism: Tyrosine kinase inhibitor that inhibits multiple kinases: CRAF, BRAF, KIT, FLT-3, RET, vascular endothelial growth factor receptors VEGFR-1, VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, and platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta (PDGFR-B). Inhibition of these kinases disrupts angiogenesis, tumor cell signaling, and induces apoptosis.
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Patient drug information
History of changes in FDA indication
- 12/20/2005: FDA approved "for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC)."
- 11/16/2007: FDA approved "for the treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)."
- 11/22/2013: FDA approved "for the treatment of locally recurrent or metastatic, progressive, differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) refractory to radioactive iodine treatment"
Also known as
- Code names: BAY 43-9006, BAY 54-9085
- Brand names: Nexavar, Sorafenat, Soranib