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Bristol Myers breakthrough combo drugs for cancer get early nod

Oct 02, 2015    

New Jersey: The first combination of breakthrough drugs that boost the immune system to fight cancer has been approved, giving maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. an early lead over competitors testing other combos in a pharmaceutical gold rush of sorts.The Food and Drug Administration FDA gave accelerated approval to a regimen combining the New York-based drugmaker's already-approved immuno-oncology drugs, Opdivo and Yervoy, to treat the half of patients with advanced melanoma who have a genetic variation called "BRAF wild-type."Together, the drugs slowed or temporarily stopped tumor pro...

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