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Roche lung-cancer drug suffers major blow in Phase III trial

  • An independent committee has recommended that Roche (RHHBY) end a Phase III trial of its MetMab (Onartuzumab) lung-cancer treatment, as the drug didn't show "clinically meaningful efficacy."
  • The aim of the study was to assess whether Onartuzumab, when given with the oral therapy Tarceva, helped previously treated patients live longer compared with those who just received Tarceva.
  • Analysts had viewed MetMab as a potential blockbuster and Roche is analyzing what the setback means for the drug's development.
  • Shares are -1.7% in Zurich. (PR)
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