Roche has announced the Group sales rose 5% to CHF 39.4 billion. Sales in the Pharmaceuticals Division increased 5% to CHF 30.6 billion. The recently launched medicines Ocrevus, Tecentriq and Alecensa contributed CHF 0.9 billion to new sales, accounting for more than half of the division’s growth. Perjeta continued its strong sales increase. This was partially offset by lower sales of Tarceva, Avastin and Tamiflu. In the US, overall sales advanced 10%, led by Ocrevus, Tecentriq, Xolair and MabThera. Sales declined 2% in Europe, where lower sales of MabThera and Avastin offset the sales growth of Perjeta and Actemra/RoActemra. In the International region, sales grew by 4%, led by the Latin America and Asia-Pacific subregions. Japanese sales increased 2%.
Commenting on the Group’s sales, Roche CEO Severin Schwan said: “Based on the strong sales growth of our Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics Divisions in the first nine months, I am confident that we will achieve our full-year targets. The growth is largely driven by new product launches. I am particularly pleased about the regulatory approvals of Tecentriq, Gazyvaro and RoActemra in the EU.”
In September, results of several clinical studies were announced or published. The phase III Murano study, which evaluated Venclexta/Venclyxto in combination with MabThera/Rituxan in people with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, met its primary endpoint and showed a statistically significant improvement in the time people lived without their disease progressing when treated with Venclexta/Venclyxto plus MabThera/Rituxan compared to bendamustine plus MabThera/Rituxan.
Results of a six-month study combining Esbriet and nintedanib treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) were presented in September, showing a similar safety profile for the combination treatment to that expected for each treatment alone.3 The majority of patients with IPF will be treated with either Esbriet or nintedanib, but robust information regarding the safety and tolerability of the combination therapy was not available until now. The results support Esbriet’s known efficacy profile and suggest stability over time in King’s brief interstitial lung disease parameters in patients completing six months of combination treatment.
Roche announced results from the global phase III Alur study, showing that Alecensa significantly reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (progression-free survival) by 85% compared to chemotherapy in patients with ALK-positive advanced NSCLC who had progressed following treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy and crizotinib. In patients with measurable manifestation of disease in the central nervous system, the overall response rate was 54% for Alecensa versus 0% for chemotherapy.
Sustainability – an integral part of Roche’s business strategy
In September, Roche was recognised as a sustainability leader within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the ninth year in a row. The company performed particularly well in categories addressing the burden of healthcare costs, ethical marketing practices and climate strategy. This recognition is based on an in-depth analysis of economic, social and environmental performance.

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