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US FDA commissioner's hammer falls on Avastin; breast cancer use revoked

This article was originally published in SRA

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US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg has rescinded the agency's approval for Genentech's Avastin (bevacizumab) as a treatment for HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC), after deciding that follow-up studies had failed to show that the drug is a safe and effective therapy for the disease1.

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