Roche's Tecentriq Becomes Second In PD-1/L1 Family To Gain First-Line Lung Cancer Approval
The PD-L1 inhibitor's label excludes NSCLC patients with EGFR or ALK mutations, which could have been an advantage, but the indication largely reflects the registrational IMpower150 clinical trial's population.
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The PD-L1 inhibitor is the first checkpoint immunotherapy to gain approval in the tough-to-treat disease setting.
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