Roche reports survival data for new dual-acting lymphoma drug

  • Roche’s new dual-acting blood cancer drug Columvi combined with chemotherapy helped people with a type of lymphoma live longer than people given Rituxan and chemo, the company said Monday. The data could help Roche persuade the Food and Drug Administration to convert Columvi’s conditional OK into a full approval.
  • Roche didn’t disclose full data from the Phase 3 “Starglo” trial in people with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma whose disease advanced after initial treatment and who weren’t eligible for stem cell transplants. The results will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting, the company said.
  • Columvi is a new type of drug called a “bispecific” antibody that triggers an immune response to cancer cells. A competitor developed by Genmab and AbbVie has also gained accelerated approval and could have confirmatory data later this year, while the FDA rejected a bispecific from Regeneron because its confirmatory trial isn’t…
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