Merck notches fourth lung cancer approval in Europe for flagship Keytruda
Merck’s keystone immunotherapy Keytruda has won yet another lung cancer approval in Europe, this time as the first line of defense for patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), on the basis of trial data that showed the drug — as part of a chemotherapy combo — cut the risk of death by 36% versus chemotherapy alone.
The checkpoint inhibitor is already approved as a monotherapy or as part of a combo in various forms of lung cancer: as a frontline treatment in patients with metastatic nonsquamous NSCLC; first-line treatment in metastatic squamous or nonsquamous NSCLC in adults whose tumors have high PD-L1 expression; and in locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC in adults whose tumors express PD-L1 and who have received at least one prior chemotherapy regimen.
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