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AstraZeneca Drug Tagrisso Gets EU Nod for Early Lung Cancer Treatment

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(Reuters) – AstraZeneca’s top-selling Tagrisso drug has been approved for use in the European Union to treat patients with a type of early-stage lung cancer, the company said on Friday.The European Commission has approved the lung cancer drug as an add-on treatment for adults diagnosed early enough for the tumour to be surgically removed, and who have a mutation of the EGFR gene, the British drugmaker said.webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});The approval was based on positive results from a late-stage trial called ADAURA, which showed Tagrisso cut the risk of tumour recurrence or death by 80%.The drug is now approved to treat early-stage lung cancer in more than 50 countries, including, most recently, in the United States and China.

webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-520′,pos: 520});Tagrisso brought in sales of $1.15 billion in the first quarter, the company said in April.

webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1520′,pos: 1520});The EGFR mutation is found in about a quarter of global lung cancer cases, and the older generation of EGFR inhibitors include Roche’s Tarceva and AstraZeneca’s Iressa.

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