Boehringer's Vargatef Approved in the EU for Lung Cancer

The gist: Lung cancer patients in the EU will now be able to take the drug Vargatef (aka nintedanib) in combination with the chemotherapy drug docetaxel. The treatment has been approved by the European Commission for adults with locally advanced, metastatic, or locally recurrent non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

“The European Commission granted marketing authorisation for Vargatef (nintedanib) in combination with docetaxal for use in adult patients with locally advanced, metastatic or locally recurrent non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after first-line chemotherapy.

“Prof Klaus Dugi, Boehringer’s chief medical officer, said: ‘The approval of Vargatef expands our oncology portfolio, following last year’s approval of Giotrif (afatinib) for another specific type of lung cancer.’

“The launch of Giotrif/Gilotrif in 2013 as a treatment lung cancer patients who express epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) marked Boehringer’s entry onto the oncology market.

“The addition of Vargatef widens the potential patient base for the German company, allowing Boehringer to make sizeable inroads into lung cancer.”