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November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Genentech Inc.'s Avastin, widely prescribed for colon cancer and some lung tumors, was linked to significantly higher rates of vein clotting in an analysis of earlier studies. Patients who got the drug were 33% more likely to have blood clots develop in their veins than those who didn't receive it, said researchers led by Shenhong Wu, a cancer specialist at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. Avastin, Genentech's top-selling drug, with $2.3 billion in 2007 U.S. sales, bears a warning for high risk of clots in arteries.
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BUSINESS
November 25, 2008 | Times Wire Services
Genentech Inc. and Roche Holding's Avastin, in combination with the most commonly used chemotherapies, helped women with breast cancer live longer without their disease worsening, a finding that could bolster use of the medicine. Avastin, used as a first-line therapy and combined with either Switzerland-based Roche's Xeloda, a taxane drug such as paclitaxel or anthracycline, kept tumors in check in women with advanced breast cancer better than chemotherapy alone, the companies said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2004 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Genentech Inc. on Thursday won Food and Drug Administration approval of its colon cancer drug Avastin, the first medication to shrink tumors by choking the blood vessels that feed them. Industry analysts said the drug could become a $2-billion-a-year product, which would make it the best-selling cancer medication to date. Wall Street drove Genentech's shares up 7%, adding $3.8 billion to the total market value of the South San Francisco company.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
ImClone Systems Inc.'s Erbitux and Genentech Inc.'s Avastin medicines will be tested in a U.S. government-sponsored study comparing treatments for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients. Researchers scrapped an earlier study of chemotherapy and Erbitux because doctors were reluctant to use ImClone's drug instead of Avastin, which won approval after the Erbitux trial was designed. The new study will begin this year, Alan Venook, the doctor who is leading the research, said Friday.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Insurance giant Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield said Tuesday that it would pay for use of Genentech Inc.'s Avastin in some lung cancer patients after a large clinical trial showed the drug prolonged the lives of such patients. Those who received Avastin plus chemotherapy in the clinical trial lived about 12.5 months, compared with 10.2 months in the chemotherapy-only group, according to the National Cancer Institute.
NEWS
February 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Avastin, a popular cancer drug that slows the growth of some types of tumors, may also be linked to an increased risk of death, new research suggests. A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. reviewed randomized controlled clinical trials from 1966 to 2010 with a total of 10,217 patients. FOR THE RECORD : An earlier version of this post said the FDA withdrew approval of Avastin for breast cancer patients in December. In fact, the FDA moved to begin the process of withdrawing approval.
NEWS
July 2, 2011 | By Tami Dennis, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Widespread screening with CT scans can detect lung cancer. Regular mammograms of all women 40 and older can find breast cancer. Avastin, at $8,000 a month, has helped some patients with advanced breast cancer.  And the prostate cancer drug Provenge, at $93,000 per patient, can extend survival by about four months. Such were the headlines this week. But this made headlines too: Healthcare spending in the U.S. outpaces all other industrialized countries, amounting to 17.5% of our economic output.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2003 | From Reutrers
Genentech Inc. said Tuesday that its Avastin cancer drug had failed to meet its primary goal of prolonging survival in a mid-stage trial of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, but the company still expects U.S. approval of the drug next year. Genentech, which in September asked U.S.
NEWS
June 28, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Whether the cancer drug Avastin should be revoked as a treatment for advanced breast cancer is the subject of both passion and debate. Some breast cancer patients and doctors desperately want the drug to remain available; the FDA is holding hearings on the matter Tuesday and Wednesday. The drug’s maker, Genentech, seeks to convince an FDA panel that Avastin’s benefits outweigh its risks. The FDA isn’t yet convinced . The back-and-forth on the drug’s approval has been a rare challenge to the FDA’s authority to judge the effectiveness and safety of a drug, as a CNN article notes.
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