February 5, 2019 / 6:24 AM / 16 days ago

Roche seeks to freshen up Kadcyla label amid biosimilar defense

ZURICH, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Roche aims to broaden use of its Kadcyla breast cancer drug as the Swiss pharmaceuticals giant defends itself against rivals who are moving in with copies of its older, patent-expired mainstay Herceptin.

Roche said on Tuesday it is seeking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's blessing for Kadcyla, a five-year-old drug that carries a cell-killing payload directly into cancer cells, for post-surgical treatment of people with HER2-positive early breast cancer who still had signs of disease after they were treated before surgery.

Kadcyla is already approved for people with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer after treatment with Herceptin and chemotherapy. (Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields)

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