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Merck Inc., receives positive CHMP opinion for updated label of Keytruda to include results of phase III KEYNOTE-361 trial in certain adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer.(bladder cancer)

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Published:1st Apr 2021
Merck Inc., announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion for Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, be updated to include data from KEYNOTE-361, a Phase III, open-label trial that evaluated Keytruda as a monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of certain patients with advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma. In Europe, Keytruda is approved for the treatment of adult patients with advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (bladder cancer) who are not eligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy and whose tumors express PD-L1 with a Combined Positive Score (CPS) of greater than 10. This approval was based on a single-arm study, KEYNOTE-052; KEYNOTE-361 was conducted as part of a post-marketing commitment following the initial approval of Keytruda for these patients. As previously announced, KEYNOTE-361 did not meet its primary endpoints of progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) for the combination of Keytruda plus chemotherapy. However, the CHMP concluded that the benefit-risk profile remains positive and that including data from KEYNOTE-361 in the label allows physicians to evaluate the potential benefit-risk of Keytruda on an individual basis.
Condition: Bladder Cancer
Type: drug

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