China Grants Alecensa Rapid Approval

August 22, 2018

Roche’s Alecensa (alectinib) received rapid approval in China for treating anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive, advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The approval came only eight and nine months after the EMA and FDA approvals, respectively. Alecensa is now approved in over 57 countries as a first-line treatment, including the U.S., Europe and Japan.

The approval “represents a significant regulatory shift, with the approval received under unprecedented timelines,” said Sandra Horning, Roche’s chief medical officer and head of global product development.

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