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FDA Imposes New Restrictions On Roche's Accutane

Women taking Roche Inc's popular acne treatment Accutane (isotretinoin) will soon have to submit to new restrictions aimed at preventing unwanted pregnancies while on the drug. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it has approved significant changes to the drugmaker's pregnancy prevention programme. The pregnancy prevention programme was adopted about 13 years ago, when Accutane wa...

Roche confirms Tamiflu production talks in US

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche confirmed that it is in talks with 15 companies in the U.S. about stepping up the production of Tamiflu, the bird-flu drug//. .. ..The partnership would dramatically increase the world's supply of Tamiflu as countries are stockpiling the drug in preparation for a possible bird flu pandemic. ....The Basel-based firm confirmed on Thursday that it was in talks with...

Roche offers HIV drug expertise to poor nations

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced transfer technology to generic drug manufacturers in the least developed countries and sub-Saharan Africa// to produce versions of the HIV drug saquinavir. ..As part of its new Technology Transfer Initiative, Roche has announced further expansion of its current activities within sub-Saharan Africa and the world's Least Developed Countries by providing l...

Roche Commits More Antiviral Pills To Asia For Bird Flu

At a meeting to assess the bird flu situation in the light of the new cases in Turkey, Roche Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Tamiflu said that it// will allot more antiviral pills to Asia and provide the necessary aid to organizations in this endeavour to fight a possible pandemic. ..Roche said that it was currently in talks with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the donation of more...

Distinguished Scientist Award Conferred on University of Rochester Scientists for Work on Preventing Cavities

Hyun (Michel) Koo, D.D.S., Ph.D., and Robert Marquis, Ph.D. have been awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the International Association of Dental Research. Both are Both Koo and Marquis are researchers at the University of Rochester's Center for Oral Biology.// ..Koo is an oral biologist and Marquis is a microbiologist. They have been conferred this award for their work on ways to stop...

Roche Rolls Out Lung Cancer Drug In India

Indian Pharmaceutical Industry is richer with the availability of one more beneficial drug, used in the treatment of lung cancer//. Tarceva, the name by which the drug is known is produced by the Swiss-pharma company Roche, and will now be available in India ....This is certainly a fresh lease of life to nearly 1, 60, 000 lung cancer patients in India. Tarceva has been available in the US since 2...

New Lung Cancer Drug Launched By Roche Pharmaceutical

Major Pharmaceutical Company Roche launched its anti-cancer drug `Tarceva' (erlotinib), which `prolongs and improves' quality of life of patients//, suffering from lung cancer. ....The Managing Director Dr G L Telang said, it was an oral tablet taken once a day and has the potential to treat many types of solid tumours therapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung C...

Roche Calls For Re-Examination Of Tarceva Data By EU Authorities

Roche Holding AG announced today that it has asked EU health authorities to re-examine data related to approving the pancreatic cancer treatment Tarceva.// The European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) had recently rejected the Tarceva application. ...."People with pancreatic cancer need new treatment options like Tarceva, which has been proven in clinical trials to signific...

Roche puts in an Application to Use Herceptin for Treatment in Her-2 positive breast cancer

Roche has made a formal application to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) to enable the use of Herceptin (trastuzumab) as a viable treatment// for advanced HER2-positive and hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. ....The application follows the encouragement received from the international TAnDEM study which showed that the use of Herceptin enhances the median progression-free survival from 2...

NICE Gives the Final ‘NO’ to Roche’s Tarcva

NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) has given the ‘thumbs down’ signal to Roche's once-a-day lung cancer// pill Tarceva as its final decision on the matter. It says that the drug is of limited use and too expensive to be given on the NHS. .. This decision will only flame the fires of controversy over access to expensive modern cancer treatments, as it follows bickering...

Roche Announces Major Recall of HIV Drug

Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche announced Wednesday a major recall of its anti-HIV drug Viracept after discovering a contamination in tablets. ..."Roche ... ...recalls in Europe and some other world regions all batches of Viracept powder and tablets," the group said in a statement. ...It said that the United States, Canada and Japan were not affected by the recall. ..."Roche has received se...

Roche Completes Acquisition of BioVeris

Roche Diagnostics today announces that it has completed its acquisition of BioVeris. Roche signed the merger agreement with BioVeris for approximately $600 million on April 4, 2007. ......This means Roche Diagnostics now owns the patents for Electrochemiluminescence (ECL) technology and can expand its immunochemistry business from the human diagnostics field into new market segments such as lif...

Roches Arthritis Drug Successful in III Stage Trail

Roche Holding AG says that arthritis drug Actemra has proved successful in a phase III clinical study. Actemra helps relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in difficult-to-treat patients in a clinical study thus bringing it closer to regulatory approval. ...The Radiate study was conducted over 24 weeks with 498 patients with difficult-to-treat RA. Actemra was given in combination with a standa...
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