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NEW YORK – AstraZeneca and Merck's olaparib (Lynparza) received approval on Thursday from China's National Medical Products Administration for newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer patients whose tumors have somatic or germline BRCA1/2 mutations. 

The drug is intended to be used as a first-line maintenance treatment,which aims to prolong remission and reduce the risk of disease progression in this subset of patients. 

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