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FDA advisory committee recommends limiting use of Genentech breast cancer drug

BY Alaric DeArment

GAITHERSBURG, Md. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has voted to recommend limiting use of a Genentech drug for breast cancer, Genentech, part of Swiss drug maker Roche, said Tuesday.

The FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 12-to-1 that use of Avastin (bevacizumab) combined with paclitaxel chemotherapy as a first-line treatment for advanced HER2-negative breast cancer be removed from the drug’s labeling. The committee’s vote does not affect the current availability of the drug, and the FDA is expected to make a final decision in September. The vote also does not affect Avastin’s use for other cancers.

“We are disappointed by the committee’s recommendation and believe Avastin should continue to be an option for women with this incurable disease,” Genentech SVP and global head of clinical development for hematology and oncology Sandra Horning stated. “We will continue to discuss the data from the more than 2,400 women who participated in three phase 3 studies with the FDA.”

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Duane Reade takes shot at beer pong

BY Alaric DeArment

Ever since the game began several years ago, beer pong has become as much a part of college campus parties in America as fashioning bed sheets into Roman-style togas or having everyone dress in the most hideous fashions of a past decade.

Now, Duane Reade is hoping to capitalize on the trend, selling packages of ping pong balls next to its beer shelf, as seen in this photo taken at the chain’s store at 55th St. and Park Ave., downstairs from Drug Store News’ offices.

 

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Target opens new store in Chicago’s Wilson Yard

BY Drug Store News Team

MINNEAPOLIS Target said Tuesday it has opened a new store in the Wilson Yard community of Chicago.

The new 200,000-sq.-ft. store, which creates 300 jobs, will celebrate its grand opening on July 25 and features fresh produce, meat and bakery goods along with a Starbucks, Target Cafe, Target Pharmacy, Target Optical and Pizza Hut Express.

Target currently operates 1,740 stores in 49 states.

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