3 October 2020

Nivolumab and Ipilimumab Approved as Immunotherapy Treatments in the USA

Philip Turton

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On 2 October 2020, the American Food & Drug Administration approved a combination of nivolumab (OPDIVO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co) and ipilimumab (YERVOY, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co) as a first-line treatment for adults with unresectable mesothelioma. Randomised open-label trials suggest an improvement in overall survival in the order of approximately 25% when compared with chemotherapy.

The full announcement is available here.

As yet, the treatment is not approved for use in the UK.

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