Roche's bread-and-butter cancer drugs--Rituxan, Avastin and Herceptin--delivered once again in the third quarter, and now the Swiss drugmaker expects 2015 to turn out better than it previously had forecast.
Roche isn't in denial about oncoming biosimilar competition for its top-selling cancer drugs. But CEO Severin Schwan says its new meds are on track to fill in the gap--and sales growth in the first half of the year go some way toward proving that case.
Roche has been charting promising numbers for its standout breast cancer drugs Kadcyla and Perjeta. But now the next-gen duo has failed to beat Herceptin and chemo in a late-stage study, putting a damper on Roche's plan to expand the market for its new drugs and sending its shares into a downward spiral.
Roche can thank its newly augmented breast cancer portfolio for powering third-quarter sales upward, far enough to surpass analyst estimates. And given the latest data on one of those drugs--Perjeta--more growth could be at hand.
These days, even expensive cancer treatments don't necessarily deliver show-stopping study results when it comes to actually extending patients' lives. Roche's Perjeta is now a major departure from that trend.
Blame a strong Swiss franc on any falling sales and profits Roche put up in the first half of 2014, the company said Thursday. The Swiss pharma's cancer drugs certainly didn't cause the decline, with newcomers Perjeta and Kadcyla helping power the group with especially noteworthy revenue gains.
While other drugmakers are closing plants in the face of patent losses and revenue challenges, Roche is steadily expanding its manufacturing network.
Roche's new set of HER2-positive breast cancer drugs are making it big with oncologists.
Roche's new breast cancer duo, Perjeta and Kadcyla, seemed destined to make a big splash in the oncology market. Now, Decision Resources has the numbers to show just how big that splash has been.
It will allow doctors to spot patients who will benefit from those treatments.