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.
Perjeta is now the first cancer drug approved to treat patients before surgery. Developed by Roche's Genentech unit, and already approved for women with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer, Perjeta can now reach a huge new group of patients at early stages of the disease.
You might call Perjeta a guinea pig. The new breast cancer drug from Roche's Genentech unit could soon become the first approved for cancer patients before they've had surgery. It would also be the first approved under new FDA guidelines for speeding cancer drugs to patients with early-stage disease.
Roche's study looked at Perjeta in combination with Roche's Herceptin and chemotherapy, compared with Herceptin and chemo alone. Patients on Perjeta and Herceptin saw statistically significant improvements in tumor size compared with those in the Herceptin-only arm, the FDA reveiewers noted.