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Surveyed Oncologists Indicate that the Use of Biomarker Testing is Increasing Rapidly in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer in China and South Korea
Date:12/5/2013

BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), biomarker testing is already widely employed in the China and South Korea markets, and is set to increase to European levels in the next two years.

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Decision Resources' new Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum report entitled NSCLC in China and South Korea: Physician and Payer Perspectives on Prescribing Trends, Patient Access, and Reimbursement Challenges Facing Current and Emerging Therapies finds that surveyed oncologists in China (most of whom practice in Tier 3 hospitals) estimate that one-half of their NSCLC patients are currently tested for EGFR mutations, and that by year-end 2016 almost three-quarters will be tested. ALK–translocation testing rates are currently low, at around one-fifth of patients, but will increase even more dramatically in the next three years. Pfizer's Xalkori, an oral, dual inhibitor of ALK and c-Met, was the first targeted agent to be approved for NSCLC with a companion diagnostic test. On the basis of impressive overall response data, Xalkori received regulatory approval in China in January 2013 and became available in a number of regions about six months later. Lack of reimbursement for testing and the high cost treatment are the key barriers to testing in China, but surveyed oncologists also point to lack of patient willingness to be tested.

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