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Roche resolves patent war with India's Glenmark over generic Tarceva

Roche is burying the hatchet with India's Glenmark in a patent war over its cancer drug Tarceva, settling outstanding litigation with the company even as it wages a battle with another Indian generics maker over a patent for the med.

Roche and Cipla are ordered to mediate in a new twist on Indian IP fights

Roche and Cipla are writing a new chapter in the bitter battles that have been fought by Western drugmakers over their patents in India. They are in mediation over the patent for Roche's blockbuster cancer fighter Tarceva, in what may be the first case to take this route.

British cost watchdog backtracks again on Roche's Tarceva

After intitially recommending Roche's targeted cancer drug Tarceva for use by Britain's National Health Service, the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said in February it was reviewing the recommendation. Now, it looks likely to revert back to its original stance--a reversal of fortune the Swiss drugmaker is pleased with.

Roche blasts U.K. drug watchdogs for limiting use of Tarceva in lung cancer

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Britain's drug-review agency, is no longer recommending that Roche's targeted lung cancer drug Tarceva be used as a second-line treatment in patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have relapsed—sparking an angry response from the Swiss drugmaker.

FDA approval for Boehringer means fast competition to Roche's targeted Tarceva

In May, the FDA approved Roche's diagnostic test for its cancer drug Tarceva, saying it was the first approved to detect EGFR mutations, and today the FDA today approved a new targeted lung cancer drug from Boehringer Ingelheim and its companion test that can detect the same mutation.

Biodesix touts lung cancer Dx's ability to pick better treatment option

In the bid to propel personalized medicine into everyday use, Biodesix may have hit pay dirt. The company's recently concluded Phase III trial appears to show that its lung cancer blood diagnostic successfully predicts treatment outcomes for two different therapies.

Roche wins new targeted OK for Tarceva in EGFR-positive lung cancer

Along with its partner, Astellas, Roche has won FDA approval for a new, first-line use for its lung cancer drug Tarceva in patients whose cancers test positive for specific mutations of the EGFR gene. Roche also got the nod for a diagnostic test to identify eligible patients.

EMA probes Roche for faulty side-effects reporting

Did Roche ($RHHBY) bungle tens of thousands of adverse-event reports? European regulators aim to find out. The European Medicines Agency says it has started an "infringement procedure" against the Swiss drugmaker, to probe allegations that it dragged its feet on reporting potential side effects.

Ariad grabs spotlight at ESMO with 'compelling' results for lung cancer drug

With its lead drug ponatinib on track to a likely approval in the U.S. and Europe, Ariad Pharmaceuticals ($ARIA) moved center stage at ESMO 2012 over the weekend with an early-stage cancer drug that produced some impressive results among a small population of non-small cell lung cancer patients.

Roche, AstraZeneca lung cancer Rx beat Alzheimer's in fruit flies and mice

Two lung cancer drugs developed by Roche and AstraZeneca, along with other related synthetic compounds, successfully reversed Alzheimer's-like memory loss in fruit fly and mouse trials. The finding comes from research that spanned the globe, involving neuroscientists in the U.S. and China.