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NEW YORK – If Merck is successful in garnering US Food and Drug Administration approval for pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in advanced cancer patients with high tumor mutational burden, it will be the second pan-cancer indication for the drug.

This will allow Merck, which recorded pembrolizumab sales of $11.1 billion last year, to make the drug available to more cancer patients who are out of treatment options.

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