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New Keytruda Approval Rekindles An Old Debate

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Approval for first-line BRAF+ patients puts Merck's Keytruda ahead of Bristol's Opdivo in melanoma, and in line to take share from BRAF/MEK combos, which are currently dominant in this patient population. Interactive timeline gives visual overview of immunotherapy approvals in key markets.

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