NICE disapproves Roche’s giant cell arteritis treatment, Roactemra, for use on the NHS

It is starting to look highly unlikely that patients with giant cell arteritis will gain NHS access to Roche’s Roactemra, due to the drug being turned down by cost regulators in draft guidelines. NICE’s appraisal committee has emphasised “substantial uncertainties” in the evidence on how long patients would have to take the treatment and what

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MHRA accept Roche’s bladder cancer immunotherapy drug for Early Access to Medicines Scheme

Roche’s Tecentriq has scored another positive opinion. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recently accepted the immunotherapy drug into the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) for the treatment advanced bladder cancer. The decision means that patients suffering from bladder cancer could have access to the drug while it awaits decision from

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Roche Acquires Signature Diagnostics

Roche has today announced that they have acquired Germany’s Signature Diagnostics. Signature Diagnostics were a privately-held translational oncology and genomics company, based in Potsdam, Germany. The acquisition is the fifth deal that Roche has made within the past year, aimed at building their molecular diagnosis business. Signature Diagnostics focuses on developing large blood plasma and

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Roche Reports Positive Q3 2014 Results

Roche has announced positive Q3 results for 2014, with pharmaceutical sales increasing by 4% in the third quarter to 9.13bn francs, while their diagnostics division grew by 7% to 2.65bn francs. The results were boosted by increased sales of Roche’s new breast cancer drugs, Perjeta and Kadcyla.  Sales of Perjeta more than tripled to reach

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Roche Announces Positive Q3 Results

Roche have revealed positive financial results for the third quarter, strengthened by the sustained growth of their cancer drugs. Earlier today Roche announced that sales reached 11.57 billion Swiss francs, an increase of 8%, while their pharmaceutical revenue grew by 9% to 9.03 billion Swiss francs. Roche’s best-selling drug was MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab), which has been

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Roche and Chiasma Sign $585 Million Deal

Roche has teamed up with Chiasma to develop and market Octreolin, Chiasma’s investigational treatment for growth hormone disorders. Octreolin is oral form of the peptide octreotide, a somatostatin analogue which is currently only commercially available by injection and is marketed by Novartis as Sandostatin.  The drug is currently in a Phase III clinical trial for

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