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EU Experts Back Roche's Avastin in Lung Cancer

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http://www.reuters.com/article/health-S ... 1720070719

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG's (ROG.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)

Avastin medicine has been recommended for approval in non-small cell lung cancer, the European Medicines Agency said on Thursday.

Recommendations for marketing approval by the agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use are normally endorsed by the European Commission within a couple of months.

Avastin is the first in a class of drugs that seek to starve tumours of their blood and nutrients. It had global sales of about $2.5 billion in 2006 and Roche and U.S. partner Genentech Inc. (DNA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) hope expanded uses will boost the franchise.

Avastin has already been approved in lung cancer in the United States.

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