How did Genentech persuade physicians to switch from $50-a-dose Avastin to $2000-a-dose Lucentis? According to The New York Times, consultation payments may have had something to do with it.
A U.S. oncologist who thought he was getting a great deal on drugs that were almost the same thing as Avastin has found they will cost him an extra $2 million and a federal misdemeanor conviction.
Roche's Avastin is now two-for-two on converting recent FDA priority review designations into label expansions. Just three months after the cancer giant nabbed the agency's blessing for use in cervical cancer, regulators have approved the drug in combination with chemotherapy as a treatment for platinum-resistant, recurrent ovarian cancer.
A Turkish man who admitted to smuggling counterfeit cancer drugs to the U.S. labeled as gifts or documents has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
Genentech CEO Ian Clark is again being publicly chastised for his company's decision to move three of its best-selling cancer drugs to specialty distributors. Groups representing more than 5,000 hospitals say, besides higher costs, the move is as likely to encourage counterfeiting as to deter it.
Regeneron and Bayer's Eylea has been racking up sales that have consistently topped analyst expectations since its U.S. rollout in late 2011. Now, new data may help it potentially top them in a market Novartis and Roche got to first.
On " 60 Minutes," Dr. Peter Bach and Leonard Saltz deliver some sound bites that might get the general public talking--and politicians, too.
Drugs such as Roche/Genentech's Avastin (bevacizumab) boost the survival odds of some ovarian cancer patients but not others. Researchers from The University of Manchester in the U.K. and colleagues believe they've developed a new blood test that can help find patients for whom the drug works best.
After promising last month to fast track its review of Roche's Avastin in cervical cancer, the FDA has come back with a positive verdict--a full two months before its deadline. The agency approved the blockbuster drug to be used in combination with chemotherapy in women with advanced cervical cancer.
Last week, France made its move to knock the Novartis eye drug Lucentis out of drug coverage and move its cheaper cousin Avastin into its place. Now, Novartis and its Lucentis partner Roche are fighting back.