The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to a new supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) seeking approval for pembrolizumab (Keytruda) as monotherapy for first-line treatment of locally advanced or metastatic nonsquamous or squamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients whose tumors express programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1, tumor proportion score [TPS] ≥ 1%) without EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.
The application is based on data from the pivotal phase III KEYNOTE-042 trial, which demonstrated a significant improvement in overall survival. Data from the trial were presented earlier this year by Lopes et al at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract LBA4).
The FDA has set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or target action date, of January 11, 2019.
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