FDA approves Novartis drug as first-line treatment for breas
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Novartis AG said on Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the company's experimental drug, kisqali, as a first-line treatment for a type of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, in combination with another breast cancer drug. The approval is based on a late-stage data, which showed that kisqali, along with letrozole, met the main goal of progression-free survival (PFS) at an interim analysis compared to patients treated with letrozole alone. More than half of patients taking kisqali plus letrozole remained alive and progression-free at the time of the interim analysis, the company said.

Kisqali, an oral drug, helps in slowing down the progression of cancer by preventing two proteins called cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6). These proteins when over-activated can enable cancer cells to grow and divide too quickly.

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