Merck ends Keytruda study

Saturday 26 August 2023

United States

Merck & Co Inc and its partner Eisai Co Ltd have discontinued a combination study of Keytruda and Lenvima in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma because it failed to show an improvement in overall survival compared with Keytruda and placebo, the companies announced on 25 August. Called LEAP-010, the Phase 3 trial was intended to explore whether the combination could improve treatment options for patients with recurrent head and neck cancer. The study enrolled 511 individuals.