BASEL, Switzerland (
, the Swiss drugmaker, said Thursday it expects at least high single-digit sales growth for its pharmaceuticals division in 2009 after third-quarter sales rose 14%.
Roche said Tamiflu sales rose to 994 million Swiss francs ($982.1 million) and it raised its full-year forecast for the drug to about 2.7 billion francs from 2 billion.
Roche said its third-quarter sales were 12.4 billion francs.
Third-quarter sales of cancer drug Avastin rose 21% to 1.59 billion francs from a year earlier.
Roche CEOe Severin Schwan said the integration of U.S. biotech company
was progressing well.
-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York
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