EU approves Roche's Cotellic in combo therapy against skin cancer

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:51am EST
 
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ZURICH Nov 25 (Reuters) - The European Union gave its green light to Roche's Cotellic for use in combination with the drug Zelboraf against advanced melanoma, the company said on Wednesday.

Roche is counting on Cotellic to help it revive flagging sales of five-year-old Zelboraf, which dropped 25 percent during the first nine months of 2015. It has been under intense pressure from rivals' drugs as the standard of care moves to combination therapy.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the Cotellic-Zelboraf combination in the United States earlier this month, with approval from Switzerland in August. (Reporting by John Miller)