Roche's Breast Cancer Drug Doesn't Make UK Watchdog's Cut

Law360, Washington (July 6, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT) -- The U.K.'s health care cost watchdog on Friday nixed Avastin's chances of becoming a first-line breast cancer treatment in the country, saying research doesn't prove Roche Holding AG's drug would lengthen patients' lives, although it did slow the cancer's progression.

In a draft guidance released Friday, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence analyzed research that pitted a combination treatment using Roche's Avastin, or bevacizumab, and the company's chemotherapy drug capecitabine against capecitabine alone. While the appraisal committee determined that the combination treatment did slow...
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