September 6, 2019 / 5:32 AM / 14 days ago

REFILE-Novartis wins FDA's breakthrough tag for lung cancer hopeful

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ZURICH, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Novartis has secured the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Breakthrough Therapy Designation for its investigational medicine capmatinib, which it aims to file for approval later this year against a mutated form of lung cancer.

Novartis is aiming to win approval for oral capmatinib as a first-line treatment for patients with metastatic MET exon14 skipping-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a form of the disease for which there are no targeted therapies now, the Basel-based company said on Friday. (Reporting by John Miller Editing by Michael Shields and David Goodman)

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