Eisai Co., Ltd. and Merck (MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced that they received Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Eisai's multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor LENVIMA® (lenvatinib) in combination with Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for the potential treatment of patients with advanced and/or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC).
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has approved a new indication expanding the use of SUTENT® (sunitinib malate) to include the adjuvant treatment of adult patients at high risk of recurrent renal cell carcinoma (RCC) following nephrectomy (surgical removal of the cancerous kidney). The approval was based on results from the S-TRAC trial that demonstrated a significant reduction in the risk of a disease-free survival (DFS) event (defined as the interval between randomization and tumor recurrence, or secondary primary cancer or death from any cause) for patients at high risk of RCC recurrence who received SUTENT compared to placebo in the adjuvant setting.
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