Merck’s Keytruda combo wows again, acing PhIII overall survival goal for lung cancer early
Merck’s Keytruda team can chalk up another big win in the race for PD-1/L1 dominance.
Their checkpoint inhibitor added to chemo in a pivotal study delivered “significant” benefits in overall survival as well as progression-free survival among frontline non-small cell lung cancer patients — one of the big prizes in the rivalry over a mega-blockbuster market.
They are declaring this success at an early, interim point —well ahead of expectations. The final OS readout wasn’t expected until early next year. The new results come just a few months after Merck rattled investors with its decision to yank a European application for Keytruda for frontline use in the face of regulatory resistance to the Phase II data that were being offered.
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