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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Qiagen said today that the US Food and Drug Administration has extended the indications for use of its Therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR kit to guide the use of Boehringer Ingelheim's Gilotrif (afatanib) for first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer harboring non-resistant EGFR mutations.

Specifically, FDA approved a premarket authorization supplement extending the labeling claim of the Therascreen kit to include detection of EGFR mutations L681Q, G719X, and S7681 to help identify NSCLC patients for whom Gilotrif is indicated.

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