The clinical advantage of co-targeting cancer drug escape has been indicated by the percentage of these co-targeting drugs among all multi-target drugs in clinics and clinical trials. This clinical advantage needs to be further interrogated from such perspectives as the clinical impact of multi-target inhibition of drug-escape mediators. This impact may be reflected by drug sales data, that is, multi-target inhibition of higher number of drug-escape mediators favors the expanded coverage of drug-resistant patients leading to higher sales. We investigated whether this expectation is followed by the 25 FDA-approved anticancer kinase inhibitors, which were divided into 11 groups of comparable therapeutic mechanisms and approval years. We found 19 (76%) drugs to follow and 3 (12%) drugs not to follow this expectation. The remaining two (8%) and one (4%) drugs cannot be assessed due to insufficient data and incomparability. Therefore, drug sales strongly indicate the clinical advantage of multi-target inhibition of cancer drug escapes.
Keywords: anticancer; co-target; drug-escape pathways; multi-target.
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