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Merck Gets FDA Expanded OK of Keytruda in Esophageal, Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer

23/03/2021 11:28am

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By Colin Kellaher

 

Merck & Co. on Tuesday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the expanded use of its cancer drug Keytruda in certain patients with locally advanced or metastatic esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer.

The Kenilworth, N.J., drugmaker said the approval covers Keytruda in combination with platinum- and fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy for patients with carcinoma that isn't amenable to surgical resection or definitive chemoradiation.

Merck said Keytruda is the first anti-PD-1 therapy in combination with chemotherapy approved for the first-line treatment of esophageal and gastroesophageal junction carcinoma, regardless of histology or PD-L1 expression.

Keytruda, a cancer drug that harnesses a patient's immune system to fight tumors, has been approved in several indications in numerous cancers.

 

Write to Colin Kellaher at colin.kellaher@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 23, 2021 07:13 ET (11:13 GMT)

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