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Subcutaneous MabThera gets EU approval

March 28, 2014 11:58 PM UTC

The European Commission approved a subcutaneous formulation of MabThera rituximab from Roche (SIX:ROG; OTCQX:RHHBY) to treat follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Roche plans to launch the product in the EU this year. The pharma already markets an IV formulation of the chimeric mAb against CD20 antigen in the EU for NHL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and DLBCL. According to Roche, a subcutaneous administration of MabThera takes about five minutes instead of about 2.5 hours with the IV administration. ...