ASTRAZENECA & MSD INC WIN EU APPROVAL FOR BREAST-CANCER DRUG LYNPARZA

SHIKHA SINHA | April 12, 2019

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AstraZeneca and U.S. partner MSD Inc. have made it to the headlines for winning European Commission’s approval for Lynparza (olaparib), their blockbuster candidate originated and developed in Cambridge for the treatment of breast Cancer. As per trusted sources, the candidate has been backed by the EC as a monotherapy for treating adult patients with germline BRCA1/2-mutations, and who have HER2-negative locally-advanced or metastatic breast cancer. Based on the licensed indication, patients have to be previously treated with taxane and anthracycline in the metastatic or (neo)adjuvant setting, except when they are unsuitable for these treatments. Hormone receptor (HR)-positive breast cancer patients should also have progressed on or after previous endocrine therapy or be considered unfit for endocrine therapy, claimed sources.

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