Roche's Tecen­triq cross­es the fin­ish line first in ad­ju­vant lung can­cer, po­ten­tial­ly kick­ing off gold rush

While falling be­hind the biggest PD-(L)1 drugs in terms of sales, Roche has looked to carve out a space for its Tecen­triq with a grow­ing ex­per­tise in lung can­cer. The drug will now take an ear­ly lead in the sought-af­ter ad­ju­vant set­ting — but com­peti­tors are on the way.

The FDA on Fri­day ap­proved Tecen­triq as an ad­ju­vant ther­a­py for pa­tients with Stage II-II­IA non small cell lung can­cer with PD-(L)1 scores greater than or equal to 1, mak­ing it the first drug of its kind ap­proved in an ear­ly set­ting that cov­ers around 40% of all NSCLC pa­tients.

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