October 17, 2019 / 6:34 AM / 4 months ago

AstraZeneca gets FDA priority review for experimental breast cancer drug

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said on Thursday its experimental breast cancer treatment will get a speedy review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with a decision by the health regulator expected in the second quarter of next year.

The British company in March agreed to pay up to $6.9 billion to work with Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd on the treatment, trastuzumab deruxtecan or also known as DS-8201, in a direct challenge to the world's biggest cancer drug maker Roche Holding AG.

Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr

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