US FDA okays wider use of GSK ovarian cancer drug

US FDA okays wider use of GSK ovarian cancer drug

GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday U.S. regulators approved its ovarian cancer treatment Zejula for wider use in some advanced cancers, in a boost to the British drugmaker's oncology portfolio as it competes with rival AstraZeneca.

FILE PHOTO: The GSK logo is seen on top of GSK Asia House in Singapore
FILE PHOTO: The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) logo is seen on top of GSK Asia House in Singapore, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Loriene Perera/File Photo

REUTERS: GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday U.S. regulators approved its ovarian cancer treatment Zejula for wider use in some advanced cancers, in a boost to the British drugmaker's oncology portfolio as it competes with rival AstraZeneca.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval is for the drug's use in advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer patients who had undergone at least three prior chemotherapy regimens and whose disease had come back.

Zejula was the lead compound of U.S. cancer specialist Tesaro, which GSK acquired for US$5.1 billion last year. Zejula brought in sales of 57 million pounds (US$73.59 million) in the second quarter.

(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka and Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru)

Source: Reuters

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