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The Genentech Inc. unit of Roche (SIX:ROG; OTCQX:RHHBY) said FDA approved PD-L1 inhibitor Tecentriq atezolizumab to treat non-small cell lung cancer in patients whose disease has progressed following platinum-containing chemotherapy, and with disease progression following treatment with a targeted therapy if their tumors have EGFR or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) mutations.
In September, Genentech said Tecentriq met the co-primary endpoints of the Phase III OAK study to treat NSCLC (see BioCentury Extra, Sept. 1).
PD-1 inhibitors Opdivo nivolumab from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY) and Keytruda pembrolizumab from Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) also have FDA approval in second-line NSCLC. Keytruda is approved only for patients who express PD-L1. Tecentriq also has accelerated approval from FDA to treat urothelial carcinoma.
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