Erbitux data underscores leaked disappointment

With embargoed data put into play long before the weekend's ASCO presentations, there was little surprise when ImClone's positive new data for Erbitux underscored the insiders' disappointment with the news. Adding Erbitux to a first-line colon cancer therapy reduced the risk of new tumor growth by 15 percent, but patients still didn't do as well as those taking Avastin. Wall Street's conclusion: With data like that, Erbitux won't be winning any significant new market share. Of course, insiders had this data some time ago, raising fresh doubts about the way that ASCO distributes the data in advance of the meeting.

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