AstraZeneca gets lung cancer green light in China

July 19, 2021

Chinese regulators have approved AstraZeneca's lung cancer drug, targeting a highly aggressive form of the disease.

China's National Medical Products Administration approved Imfinzi to treat small cell lung cancer (SCLC) — a fast-growing form of lung cancer that typically recurs and progresses rapidly despite initial response to chemotherapy. Imfinzi, which is used in conjunction with chemotherapy, was approved for extensive-stage SCLC in the U.S. and the EU last year.

The Chinese agency previously approved Imfinzi in 2019 to treat a certain type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 

The new approval, which was based on positive results from the CASPIAN phase 3 trial, means AstraZeneca will now square off against Swiss rival Roche, whose Tecentriq is approved in China and other countries for extensive-stage SCLC.

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