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Tarceva Pancreatic Cancer Data Do Not Support Broad Use – ASCO Review

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Results from Genentech/OSI's Phase III trial of Tarceva (erlotinib) in advanced pancreatic cancer do not support broad use, according to a review at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting

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