Merck, Pfizer dropping program from Phase III Javelin Ovarian PARP study

German Merck, which operates its biopharmaceutical business as EMD Serono in the US and Canada, and Pfizer are dropping the Phase III JAVELIN Ovarian PARP 100 study in which they tested avelumab combined with chemotherapy followed by maintenance therapy of avelumab in combination with talazoparib, a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, versus an active comparator in treatment-naïve patients with locally advanced or metastatic ovarian cancer (Stage III or Stage IV), as they described in the press release on Wednesday.

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FDA OK’s Tesaro’s ovarian cancer drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tesaro’s Zejula (niraparib) for the maintenance treatment (intended to delay cancer growth) of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer, whose tumors have completely or partially shrunk (complete or partial response, respectively) in response to platinum-based chemotherapy.

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