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Pfizer drug beats AZ rival in halting lung cancer

05:27 EDT 6 Jun 2017 | Pharmafile

New data from late-stage trials suggests that Pfizer’s dacomitinib beat out AstraZeneca’s rival treatment Iressa (gefitinib) at halting the progression of EGFR-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), albeit with a higher prevalence of side-effects.

Like older treatments, dacomitinib targets abnormal epidermal growth factor receptor genes in advanced lung cancer. In a study of 452 patients, Pfizer’s drug exhibited the ability to delay the progression of cancer for 14.7 months, compared to 9.2 months for AZ’s Ingressa – a 41% improvement.

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