Genentech Subpoenaed on Rituxan

The U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania wants information for a marketing probe.
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Biotech investors were on edge after



disclosed that it has received a subpoena concerning the marketing of the industry's biggest drugs.

Genentech said in a brief press release late Monday that the U.S. attorney in eastern Pennsylvania subpoenaed documents about Rituxan, which treats non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is being considered for other treatments. Rituxan is sold in the U.S. through a joint venture between Genentech and


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"Genentech plans to cooperate with the investigation, which is both civil and criminal in nature," the company said in a release.

In July, Genentech said sales of Rituxan rose 17% in the second quarter from a year ago to $424.7 million.

Genentech closed at $53.99 Monday, up 15% since the start of the year and up 227% from the start of 2003.