FDA Speeds New HER2-Targeted Drug and Companion Tests to Market | GenomeWeb

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for HER2-positive breast cancer patients: Genentech's Perjeta (pertuzumab). Additionally, the agency has green-lighted two companion tests that can help doctors discern which patients have HER2-overexpressing tumors and should receive the drug.

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