The message Dendreon is sending to doctors is that Provenge and Zytiga can and shoud be used sequentially when treating prostate cancer patients. Data from a Dendreon-run sequencing study of both drugs will be ready next year. The company also announced Friday that it will run a similar sequencing study with Dendreon and Medivation's (MDVN) Xtandi, which roared out of the launch gate earlier this week.
Both Zytiga and Xtandi are formidable competitors if doctors decide that either drug is a suitable replacement for Provenge.
Dendreon reported a net loss of $154.9 million in the third quarter 2012 compared to a net loss of $147.1 million in the year-ago quarter. This quarter's net loss included $81 million in charges associated with the previously announced restructuring aimed at reducing the company's overhead and expenses.
-- Reported by Adam Feuerstein in Boston.Follow @AdamFeuerstein
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