Onyx's Kyprolis Cancer Drug Approved

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- U.S. regulators have approved Onyx Pharmaceuticals' ( ONXX) multiple myeloma drug Kyprolis.

Onyx shares rose 12% to $76.47 in late Friday trading.

Kyprolis will be used to treat patients with multiple myeloma that is no longer responding to other therapies, including Celgene's ( CELG) Revlimid or Thalomid and Takeda's Velcade.

Onyx will be ready to launch the drug on Aug. 1. One 28-day treatment cycle of Kyprolis therapy will cost $9,950, higher than what the Street was expecting. Patients in the Kyprolis clinical trial were on drug about 4.4 months, Onyx said.

"The approval of Kyprolis provides a treatment option to patients with multiple myeloma whose disease has progressed despite use of available therapies," said FDA's cancer drug chief Richard Pazdur, in a statement. "We are encouraged by the continued progress in the development of drugs for multiple myeloma over the past decade, offering improved treatment of this disease."

"Today's approval is a significant milestone for Onyx and, most importantly, for patients with advanced myeloma who have few treatment options available to them," said Onyx CEO Tony Coles, in a statement.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals ( LGND) will receive a royalty on Kyprolis sales. Ligand shares were down 11 cents to $17.42 in recent trading.

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