#WCLC21: Merck pokes Bristol Myers in the eye with Keytruda data showing safety red flags in Yervoy combo trial
In the rankings of big-name face-offs in pharma, few top the fight between Merck’s I/O rocket ship Keytruda and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo. Keytruda has built a strong lead as the early-line therapy of choice for most lung cancer, and now it’s (indirectly) shutting down BMS’s claims that its Opdivo-Yervoy combo could supplant that.
In a head-to-head battle between solo Keytruda and a combination of Keytruda and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Yervoy in treating metastatic non-small cell lunger cancer patients, solo Keytruda came out on top in terms of safety with independent reviewers calling off the Phase III study early, Merck said Friday at the virtual World Congress on Lung Cancer meeting.
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