Japan’s Ministry of Health Approves Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in four additional indications

Sep 27, 2022

Merck announced that Japan’s Ministry of Health has granted approval of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for four new indications: in combination with chemotherapy as neoadjuvant treatment, and then continued as monotherapy as adjuvant treatment, for patients with hormone receptor-negative and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer; as monotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of certain patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC); in combination with chemotherapy, with or without bevacizumab, for the treatment of patients with advanced or recurrent cervical cancer; and as monotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of patients with stage IIB or IIC melanoma after complete resection.  With these new approvals, Keytruda is now approved for 23 uses in 13 different types of cancer in Japan.

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