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Roche says fake MabThera has surfaced in EU

Roche is again tracking down counterfeits of some of its cancer meds in Europe after an importer in Germany discovered the fakes. In this case, it is counterfeit MabThera, sold as Rituxan in the U.S.

Switzerland wants to slash drug prices? Not so fast, say Novartis and Roche

So much for home field advantage. Switzerland plans to put the squeeze on drug prices, despite its corporate citizens Roche and Novartis. And the Basel-based companies are none too happy about the idea.

More counterfeits of Roche cancer drugs surface in Europe

Counterfeiters in Europe are displaying a fondness for mimicking high-priced Roche cancer drugs. For the second time in 5 months, authorities there have uncovered fakes, and the two cases appear not to be connected.

Roche's Genentech triggers its PhIII program for blockbuster AMD contender

Following up on a successful mid-stage study for the AMD eye drug lampalizumab, Genentech has triggered a pair of Phase III studies to see if it can extend its blockbuster-making R&D rep beyond the cancer drug sphere.

Study: Roche's cheaper Avastin just as safe as Lucentis in eye disease

The nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration, which reviews clinical trial data to determine the value of pharmaceuticals, is going after Lucentis, which is used to treat the blinding eye disease age-related macular degeneration.

Roche abandons another Fragile X R&D program after PhII trials flunk out

A long, rough patch in Fragile X syndrome drug R&D just got longer and rougher. Roche has notified patient groups that both of its mid-stage studies for RG7090--an mGluR5 therapy--failed to hit the primary and secondary goals, prompting the pharma giant to shut down the program.

Europe opens up big new market for Roche's RA therapy RoActemra

Roche just won access to a larger market for its RoActemra treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

U.K. test may help Roche's cancer drug Avastin target ideal patients

Drugs such as Roche/Genentech's Avastin (bevacizumab) boost the survival odds of some ovarian cancer patients but not others. Researchers from The University of Manchester in the U.K. and colleagues believe they've developed a new blood test that can help find patients for whom the drug works best.

Legendary Genentech CEO Levinson cuts last ties with Roche

Roche wanted to hang on to former Genentech CEO Art Levinson after buying out his company in 2009. But after a 5-year board stint, Levinson--now the chief exec at Google's Calico--is saying his goodbyes.

Roche CEO Schwan took a hands-on approach negotiating $8.3B InterMune buyout

The flurry of meetings and phone calls between Schwan and Welch are spelled out in an SEC document InterMune filed late last week.