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Italy levies eye-opening antitrust fines against Roche, Novartis over Lucentis

Doctors have been prescribing Roche's cancer drug Avastin off-label to treat some of the same vision problems as its eye drug, Lucentis. Now, Italy's antitrust authority has fined Roche and marketing partner Novartis,  accusing them of colluding to push doctors toward the pricier option--claims the pair denies.

Roche may open Avastin data to sort out conflicting brain-cancer studies

Should Avastin really join the small set of tools in the brain-cancer toolbox? With studies offering conflicting results, Roche and some outside researchers may share data to answer that question.

Oncobiologics allies with inVentiv on biosimilars development

The Cranbury, NJ-based biotech says they will focus on knockoffs of Humira, Rituxan, Avastin, Herceptin and Erbitux.

Key player in fake Avastin case gets house arrest

In April, the FDA said it had nailed one of the key players bringing counterfeit Avastin into the U.S. and wanted to make an example of him with federal jail time. But a judge in Montana has sentenced him to house arrest instead.

Avastin scores first-line brain-cancer use in Japan

Roche nabbed a first-line approval for Avastin in brain cancer. Japanese regulators cleared the drug to treat aggressive brain tumors, including newly diagnosed glioblastoma, as monotherapy and in combination with radiation and chemo.

UPDATED: ASCO: Bayer's Nexavar gets boost, while Roche's Avastin reports mixed

Here's a roundup of news on approved drugs from this year's American Society of Clinical Oncology conference, comprising highlights from FierceBiotech 's weekend coverage as well as recent releases.

Avastin improves outcomes for cervical cancer but flunks first-line brain cancer test

Roche took two steps forward and one step back on the Avastin front today, as investigators laid out a clear advantage in adding the therapy to chemo for cervical cancer while finding no survival advantage when adding it to first-line treatment of an aggressive form of brain cancer.

U.S. holds two Pakistani men for Internet sales of controlled substances

The FDA and U.S. law enforcement are continuing their crackdown on Internet sales of illegally imported drugs, even enlisting the help of Interpol and police in London and Germany to track and arrest two Pakistani men accused of selling controlled substances online.

Will U.K. watchdogs change their minds on Avastin in ovarian cancer?

The U.K.'s cost-effectiveness police have been arresting Roche's Avastin development efforts once again. As Cover magazine reports, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has nixed two proposed uses for the drug in ovarian cancer, one of the hardest-to-treat forms of the disease.

Feds get conviction in counterfeit Avastin case

One of the key players in an investigation of counterfeit Avastin that appeared to have been imported into the U.S. by a Canadian Internet pharmacy has pleaded guilty to playing a part in the operation.