Roche Igea Luca Dezzani

09 January 2017

Roche has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the  supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) of the company and granted Priority Review for TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) for the treatment of people with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) who are ineligible for cisplatin chemotherapy, and are either previously untreated (first-line) or have disease progression at least 12 months after receiving chemotherapy before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant). Urothelial carcinoma accounts for 90 percent of all bladder cancers and can also be found in the renal pelvis, ureter and urethra.

Sandra Horning, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Product Development, said: “In May 2016, TECENTRIQ became the first treatment approved by the FDA for people with previously treated advanced bladder cancer in more than 30 years. We are committed to continue working with the FDA to make TECENTRIQ available to more people with this type of advanced bladder cancer, specifically those who are unable to tolerate cisplatin-based chemotherapy as an initial treatment.”

At present, TECENTRIQ is approved by the FDA for treating people with locally advanced or mUC who have disease progression during or following platinum-based chemotherapy or whose disease has worsened within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy. TECENTRIQ is also approved for treating people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


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