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Merck’s Keytruda helps lung cancer patients live longer in trial

Merck & Co's blockbuster drug Keytruda helped previously untreated lung cancer patients live longer in a late-stage trial, potentially cementing its position as the dominant player in the lucrative lung cancer market. Merck is already considered the frontrunner in the space and Keytruda is expected to earn peak sales of over $10 billion in 2023, according to Credit Suisse. Keytruda is already approved in the U.S. to treat patients with
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Merck KGaA and Pfizer’s Avelumab fails in trial

(Marketwatch) Merck KGaA and Pfizer Inc. said on Thursday that avelumab, a cancer immunotherapy, failed to meet the primary objective of a phase 3 trial in patients with a type of lung cancer. The trial didn't meet the endpoint of improving overall survival in patients whose tumors are PD-L1 positive, the companies said. The Javelin Lung 200 trial compared avelumab to docetaxel, a chemotherapy drug, in patients with advanced non-small-cell
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Merek’s KEYTRUDA Improved Overall Survival in Patients with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Merck announced that the pivotal Phase 3 KEYNOTE-189 trial investigating KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab), Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in combination with pemetrexed (Alimta) and cisplatin or carboplatin, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), met its dual primary endpoints of overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). Based on an interim analysis conducted by the independent Data Monitoring Committee, treatment with KEYTRUDA in combination with pemetrexed plus
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Vaccine to Prevent Most Cervical Cancers Shows Long-Term Effectiveness

More than 14,000 women around the world were followed up to six years. A vaccine that can literally eradicate the majority of cervical cancer cases shows long-term effectiveness in a study published today in The Lancet. This study of 14,215 women in 18 countries extends and solidifies the initial phase 3 efficacy and safety trial of the nine-valent human papilloma virus vaccine, Gardasil 9, that was published in February 2015
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FDA Halts Three Multiple Myeloma Studies Evaluating Merck’s KEYTRUDA®

Merck known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a clinical hold on KEYNOTE-183, KEYNOTE-185 and KEYNOTE-023, three combination studies of KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in the blood cancer multiple myeloma. This decision follows a review of data by the Data Monitoring Committee in which more deaths were observed in the KEYTRUDA arms of KEYNOTE-183
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Drug Fails Lung-Cancer Study

A blockbuster cancer treatment failed in a key study as the drug's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb, attempts to extend its usage for lung cancer patients. Shares of the New York company plunged 16 percent Friday, its biggest one-day drop in 14 years. Shares of rival Merck & Co., which makes a rival cancer drug, spiked 10 percent to reach an 18-year high. Bristol's drug, Opdivo, and Merck's drug Keytruda are immunotherapies,