This article was originally posted on Sept. 1.
Roche last week said that the European Commission has approved the use of Tarceva as a first-line monotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer in patients with EGFR activating mutations.
Continuing to expand the development program for its irreversible inhibitor of EGFR and HER2, afatinib, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has launched two new Phase II studies — one investigating the drug as a treatment for inflammatory breast cancer and another for metastatic
Following a positive recommendation from the EMA committee, the European Commission is expected to issue a decision in September regarding marketing Tarceva as a first-line treatment for EGFR-mutation-positive NSCLC.
In particular, the study indicates that the technology's limit of detection is not yet sufficient to detect key low-abundance proteins and that it suffers from reproducibility issues that, while ultimately resolvable, could present significant practical obstacles in a clinical environment.