Roche’s Perjeta Gets FDA Priority Review

New Drug Approvals

The structure of HER2 and pertuzumab

FDA grants Roche’s Perjeta regimen Priority Review for use before surgery in HER2-positive early-stage breast cancer
Application follows proposed new FDA pathway designed to help bring promising medicines to people with earlier stages of breast cancer faster
Perjeta is one of the first medicines the FDA will evaluate as an option given before surgery (neoadjuvant treatment)
Perjeta, in combination with Herceptin and chemotherapy, was approved by the FDA in 2012 for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer

Pertuzumab (also called 2C4, trade name Perjeta) is a monoclonal antibody. The first of its class in a line of agents called “HER dimerization inhibitors”. By binding to HER2, it inhibits the dimerization of HER2 with other HER receptors, which is hypothesized to result in slowed tumor growth. Pertuzumab received US FDA approval for the treatment of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer on June 8, 2012. Pertuzumab…

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