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Schering-Plough Temodar Gets Priority Review For First-Line Glioma

This article was originally published in Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

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Schering-Plough’s brain tumor therapy Temodar will receive a priority review for first-line treatment of newly diagnosed, high-grade gliomas, the firm announced Oct. 29.

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