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Scientific Name: pembrolizumab

PBAC publishes March outcomes

April 26, 2021

Australia’s PBAC published the outcomes of its March 2021 meeting. The recommendations include:

  • Mvasi® (Amgen’s biosimilar bevacizumab): the PBS listing has been changed to an unrestricted benefit to allow access to combination treatment with atezolizumab.
  • Beovu® (brolucizumab): Beovu® was recommended for subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation due to AMD.
  • Keytruda® (pembrolizumab): PBAC recommended Section 100 Authority Required listing for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer.

PlantForm announces deal with Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz

April 6, 2021

PlantForm announced it has reached a collaborative research and development agreement with Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz to develop a biosimilar pembrolizumab for the Brazilian market.

Vizient releases Pharmacy Market Outlook

January 27, 2021
Health care performance improvement company Vizient releases its Winter 2021 Pharmacy Market Outlook. Vizient projected that the greatest price increases to members would occur in Humira® (adalimumab), with a 7.5% price increase predicted over the next 18 months. Adalimumab also topped the list of greatest total spend by product among Vizient members, followed by pembrolizumab, rituximab, infliximab, ustekinumab, nivolumab and denosumab. New figures also showed trastuzumab biosimilars have captured a significant market share, contributing to 39% of cost to members in September 2020.

Merck receives positive opinion from CHMP for pembrolizumab

December 10, 2020

Merck receives a positive opinion from the EU’s CHMP for an extended indication set for Keytruda® (pembrolizumab). If approved, Keytruda® will also be indicated for metastatic microsatellite instability-high or mismatch repair deficient colorectal cancer.

NeuClone Pharmaceuticals discloses potential biosimilar pembrolizumab

September 1, 2020

NeuClone Pharmaceuticals discloses it is working on a biosimilar referencing Keytruda® (pembrolizumab). The product is in the advanced stages of pre-clinical development and is being developed in partnership with the Serum Institute of India.

Merck announces additional approvals for Keytruda®

August 24, 2020

Merck announces Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) has received two additional approvals from the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency:

  • new indication for the treatment of patients whose tumours are PD-L1-positive, and have radically unresectable, advanced or recurrent esophageal squamous cell carcinoma;

  • and an additional dosage regimen of 400mg every six weeks as an IV infusion over 30 minutes, across all adult indications.

Results from Ph III trials of Keytruda® released

August 19, 2020

Merck announces the results of Ph III trials of Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in combination with chemotherapy for first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic esophageal cancer. Merck reported that Keytruda® met the primary and secondary endpoints and that the safety profile was consistent with that observed in previously reported studies.

FDA approves Keytruda®

June 29, 2020

Merck announces the FDA has approved Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) for first-line treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high or mismatch repair deficient colorectal cancer.

Celltrion announces potential pembrolizumab biosimilar

February 14, 2018

Celltrion announces it has begun development of a pembrolizumab biosimilar. Merck’s patents for this product are set to expire in 2028.