Roche says Avastin approved in EU for type of ovarian cancer

ZURICH Wed Aug 6, 2014 7:30am EDT

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in Basel January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in Basel January 30, 2014.

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche said on Wednesday that European regulators approved its drug Avastin as a treatment for women with ovarian cancer that is resistant to platinum-containing chemotherapy.

Avastin, which is already approved in Europe to treat advanced stages of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, kidney cancer and ovarian cancer, was the Basel-based drugmaker's biggest seller last year with sales of 6.25 billion Swiss francs ($6.9 billion).

The move endorses a favorable recommendation last month from the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use(CHMP), which are normally followed by the European Commission.

($1 = 0.9096 Swiss franc)

(Reporting By Katharina Bart; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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