Roche gets European approval for Tecentriq combo vs. lung cancer

FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche has received European Commission approval for its Tecentriq drug in combination with Avastin and chemotherapy as an initial treatment for people with a specific type of lung cancer, the Swiss pharma company said on Friday.

The combination has been approved as a first-line treatment for people with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all cases, Roche said.

Reporting by John Revill, Editing by Tassilo Hummel