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FDA advisory panel back Merck & Co.’s Keytruda treatment for bladder cancer

An FDA advisory committee voted 9 to 4 in favour of recommending Merk and Co’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for treatment in patients with high-risk, non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).

The FDA is expected to reach a decision, based on a priority review, in January 2020.

China approves Keytruda for non-small cell lung cancer

US firm MSD has won approval for Keytruda in China. The cancer immunotherapy has thus become the first PD-1 inhibitor approved for multiple tumour types in China.

The approval makes Keytruda (pembrolizumab) a first line treatment option alongside chemotherapy for patients in China with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The indication brought in more than $7 billion in sales in 2018.

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