FDA expands use of Opdivo to include urothelial carcinoma

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The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the use of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s Opdivo to include treatment of urothelial carcinoma, the most common type of bladder cancer, reports Reuters Health.

Opdivo, part of a new class of medicines designed to use the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, is already approved to treat advanced melanoma, a form of lung cancer, kidney cancer, and Hodgkin lymphoma.

The report says the FDA is slated to decide in May whether to approve rival Merck & Co Inc’s combination of immunotherapy Keytruda and chemotherapy for first-line lung cancer.

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