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AstraZeneca-Merck’s Lynparza Early-Stage Breast Cancer Drug Gains U.S. FDA Approval – $AZN $MRK $DIA $ATOS

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the cancer drug, jointly developed by Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) and AstraZeneca Plc. (AZN) as a treatment for patients with early-stage breast cancer with certain mutations. The drug, Lynparza, was approved for patients suffering from BRCA-mutated HER2-negative, a form of genetically mutated high-risk early-stage breast cancer and who have already been treated before or after the surgery with chemotherapy.

The drug displayed statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in invasive disease-free survival, reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer recurrences and second cancers or even death by 42% compared with placebo in a late-stage study. Following the U.S. approval for Lynparza, AstraZeneca will receive a regulatory milestone payment of $175 million from Merck.

Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) is a global healthcare solutions provider that has been working towards bringing forward medicine and vaccines for some of the world’s most challenging diseases for more than a century. They are committed to increasing health care access and continue to be at the leading edge of research. Merck has the industry’s largest immuno-oncology clinical research program. To learn more about Merck (MRK) and to track its ongoing progress please visit the Vista Partners Merck Coverage Page.

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(Read Original Story: U.S. FDA approves AstraZeneca-Merck's Lynparza to treat early-stage breast cancer in Reuters)


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