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Keytruda Approval History

Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is a human PD-1 (programmed death receptor-1)-blocking antibody indicated for the treatment of melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, urothelial carcinoma, microsatellite instability-high cancer, and gastric cancer.

Development History and FDA Approval Process for Keytruda

DateArticle
Sep 22, 2017Approval FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Previously Treated Patients with Recurrent Locally Advanced or Metastatic Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer Whose Tumors Express PD-L1
May 23, 2017Approval FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as First Cancer Treatment for any Solid Tumor with a Specific Genetic Feature
May 18, 2017Approval FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Certain Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma
May 10, 2017Approval FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as First-Line Combination Therapy for Patients with Metastatic Nonsquamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), Irrespective of PD-L1 Expression
Mar 15, 2017Approval FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL)
Oct 24, 2016Approval FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for First-Line Treatment of Certain Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Aug  5, 2016Approval FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Dec 18, 2015Approval FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the Treatment of Patients with Advanced Melanoma
Oct  2, 2015Approval FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Sep  4, 2014Approval FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Advanced Melanoma
Sep  2, 2014Merck to Present New Data in Five Tumor Types from Studies Evaluating Pembrolizumab
Jun 30, 2014Merck’s Investigational Anti-PD-1 Antibody, Pembrolizumab, Under Regulatory Review in Europe for Advanced Melanoma

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