Roche’s Alecensa trumps Pfizer’s Xalkori in frontline ALK+ lung cancer
A little more than a year after Roche won an accelerated approval for Alecensa as a new drug for treatment-resistant ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer, the cancer drug powerhouse has trumped Pfizer’s Xalkori as a frontline therapy, beating out their rival on progression-free survival.
Roche won the first approval for Alecensa based on evidence of tumor shrinkage in Phase II. Researchers also highlighted a 61% response rate in patients with brain or CNS metastases to help distinguish the new arrival.
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