Cost regulators for NHS treatments in England and Wales are sticking with their position that Eisai’s Halaven should not be funded by the NHS as a second-line of attack against a certain form of breast cancer.
Mount Sinai researchers have discovered that normal immune cells called macrophages, which reside in healthy breast tissue surrounding milk ducts, play a major role in helping early breast cancer cells leave the breast for other parts of the body, potentially creating metastasis before a tumor has even developed, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Lynparza (olaparib tablets) to include the treatment of patients with certain types of breast cancer that have spread (metastasized) and whose tumors have a specific inherited (germline) genetic mutation, making it the first drug in its class (PARP inhibitor) approved to treat breast cancer, and it is the first time any drug has been approved to treat certain patients with metastatic breast cancer who have a "BRCA" gene mutation. Patients are selected for treatment with Lynparza based on an FDA-approved genetic test, called the BRACAnalysis CDx.
Analysts and investors think Perjeta’s end-of-the-year indication may not be as lucrative as they once hoped. The FDA green-lighted the drug in tandem with giant Herceptin and chemo for HER2-positive, post-surgery breast cancer patients with a high risk of recurrence. Patients should receive up to 18 cycles of the regimen over the course of one year, according to the indication.
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