April 15, 2007

NeoRecormon Gains European Approval For Convenient Once Weekly Treatment Of Anaemia In Patients With Solid Cancers

Roche announced today that it has received European marketing approval for a simple and convenient once weekly subcutaneous injection of NeoRecormon (epoetin beta) 30,000 IU for the treatment of anaemia in patients with solid cancers receiving chemotherapy. This expansion of the product label means that patients will no longer have the burden of three injections per week and their anaemia can be managed in a more convenient way.

Anaemia affects up to 95% of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.1 It can develop as a result of the cancer itself or as a consequence of its treatment. For most patients anaemia manifests itself as an extreme and overwhelming fatigue that makes the impact of cancer even more devastating.

NeoRecormon 30,000 IU once weekly is proven to effectively2 and rapidly3,4 correct anaemia irrespective of the type of chemotherapy patients receive. It also reduces the need for blood transfusions by at least 50% compared to standard care5,6 and has been shown to significantly increase the time until patients need a first transfusion.7 Patients treated with NeoRecormon often experience an improvement in their quality of life8 and an increase in their daily energy levels.6,9

Key supportive data for the new label came from the BRAVE (BReast cancer - Anaemia and the Value of Erythropoietin) study, which was conducted in women with metastatic breast cancer receiving chemotherapy5,7,10 and the NAUTICA study conducted in patients with a wide range of cancer types also receiving chemotherapy.3

About NeoRecormon

NeoRecormon is prescribed for the treatment of symptomatic anaemia in patients with cancer. Treating anaemia increases red blood cell (haemoglobin) numbers and oxygen levels allowing the body to function effectively, which improves patients' quality of life and reduces morbidity.

NeoRecormon is one of Roche's leading biotechnology achievements and market leader in the countries in which it is sold.

With the label expansion announced today NeoRecormon 30,000 IU once weekly is now indicated for the treatment of symptomatic anaemia in adult patients with solid and lymphoid cancers receiving any form of chemotherapy. Treatment with NeoRecormon is initiated when patients' haemoglobin level is 11 g/dl or below and given to maintain a haemoglobin level of up to 13g/dl.

About Roche

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world's leading research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. As a supplier of innovative products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, the Group contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people's health and quality of life. Roche is a world leader in diagnostics, the leading supplier of medicines for cancer and transplantation and a market leader in virology. Roche employs roughly 70,000 people in 150 countries and has R&D agreements and strategic alliances with numerous partners, including majority ownership interests in Genentech and Chugai. Additional information about the Roche Group is available on the Internet (http://www.roche.com).

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