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European authorities recently warned that stolen vials of Roche's cancer med Herceptin were showing up across the continent, some containing little or no active ingredient. Now they say the thefts were not isolated incidents, but commissioned by an organized crime group in Italy.
European authorities are warning that vials of Roche's cancer med Herceptin that were stolen in Italy are now showing up across the continent with little or none of its active ingredient.
Vials of Roche's cancer med Herceptin that were stolen in Italy are now showing up in other places in Europe, leading the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to issue an alert and Herceptin maker Roche to recall all of the batches from which the stolen drugs came.
Hospira is one step closer to selling a Herceptin biosimilar in Britain. The U.S.-based drugmaker persuaded a U.K. court to overturn two Roche patents on the drug. And that means, as of now, Herceptin (trastuzumab) could be open to biosim competition when its main patent expires July 28.
It is the big sellers, the blockbusters--no, megablockbusters--that drug execs aspire to develop. And a look at the top 10 best-selling drugs globally can't help but impress with its big numbers.
Last year, Roche appeared to throw in the towel on its breast cancer drug Herceptin in India when it said it would not defend the patent there. But it has come back out swinging with a court action that has messed with this week's launch of a biosimilar from Mylan.
Mylan said today that it and Indian biologics partner Biocon have nabbed the first approval in India and will have a biosimilar of Herceptin (trastuzumab) ready to roll out early next year.
A team from IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore have designed a Vitamin E-based hydrogel that can release Roche's cancer antibody Herceptin under the skin for several weeks.
Roche's cancer drug Kadcyla, an expected superstar that is pegged to assume the mantle of Herceptin in later years, has moved forward in Europe where Friday it was recommended for approval. The FDA signed off on it February.