Merck: FDA grants priority review for new sBLA for KEYTRUDA
Merck announced that the U.S. FDA has accepted and granted priority review for a new supplemental Biologics License Application for KEYTRUDA, Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy. The application seeks approval of KEYTRUDA monotherapy for the treatment of patients with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin-unresponsive, high-risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer with carcinoma in-situ with or without papillary tumors who are ineligible for or have elected not to undergo cystectomy (removal of bladder). This application for KEYTRUDA, which is based on results from the Phase 2 KEYNOTE-057 trial, will be discussed at the Dec. 17 meeting of the FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee. Data from this trial were first presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology 2018 Congress. Merck anticipates a Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or target action date, in January 2020, based on priority review.