Avastin Loses Its Breast Cancer Claim; FDA’s Hamburg Opts For Withdrawal Over Restrictions
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says Genentech has failed to identify a subpopulation of patients in whom the clinical benefits outweigh the risks. The company says it will not appeal the indication’s withdrawal but will pursue a new study in breast cancer.
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