KADCYLA® (Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine, T-DM1) now approved

The FDA today approved KADCYLA® for the treatment of patients  with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer who have received prior treatment with HERCEPTIN® (Trastuzumab) and a taxane chemotherapy. In a large Phase III trial, KADCYLA® improved Progression Free Survival as well as Overall Survival compared to XELODA® (Capecitabine) and TYKERB® (Lapatinib). KADCYLA® is the fourth drug approved by the FDA, that targets the HER2 oncogene. The other  FDA-approved drugs used to treat HER2-positive breast cancer include HERCEPTIN® (1998), TYKERB® (2007) and PERJETA® (Pertuzumab) (2012).