Roche (RHHBY) Melanoma Drug Cuts Risk Of Death By 63 Percent; Bests Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) In Study  
6/6/2011 8:15:54 AM

Advanced melanoma patients treated with an experimental pill developed by Roche and Daiichi Sankyo were 63 percent less likely to die than patients given chemotherapy, according to a new trial. The drug, vemurafenib, is designed for use in patients with tumors that have a mutation in a gene known as BRAF. About half of all melanomas -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- have the genetic aberration.