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After yesterday's news regarding the negative data for bevacizumab (Avastin) in gastric cancer, I wasn't expecting to hear any more from Roche this week, however, the opposite happened and this morning positive data was sitting waiting for me in my inbox today!

What's new?

Well, results from phase III study demonstrated the combination of bevacizumab and chemotherapy followed by maintenance use of bevacizumab increased the time women with advanced ovarian cancer lived without their disease worsening as measured by progression-free survival (PFS) compared to chemotherapy alone. Advanced ovarian cancer generally has a poor prognosis, so new therapy options are much needed.

Lately, we seem to have heard nothing but bad news from across the pond with the National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) seemingly rejecting approval for reimbursement of many new cancer drugs, causing an outcry in the physician and patient communities alike.  One such example was the recent rejection of the second generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), dasatinib (Sprycel) and nilotinib (Tasigna) after failure of imatinib (Glivec) in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

However, this morning I heard from industry friends that actually, NICE has finally approved something without too much drawn out hassle.

The drug?

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