A new study by researchers at the University College London (UCL) published in Lancet Infectious Diseases finds that although the U.K. variant of SARS-CoV-2 known as B.1.1.7 is more transmissible than the wild-type, original Wuhan strain, it is likely not more deadly.

While “social distancing” may prevent us from catching the coronavirus, “Solar Distancing,” a new animated spot launched by FCB Health Network company AREA 23 on behalf of Mollie’s Fund, shows that no amount of distance from the sun can keep us safe from melanoma.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis said the company’s investigational spartalizumab immuno-oncology drug mixed with the approved medicines Tafinlar and Mekinist failed in a late-stage trial for a type of advanced skin cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) that is not curable by surgery or radiation.

Wrapping up June and ahead of the July 4 holiday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a busy two-week period coming up for drug approval reviews.

Paris-based Sanofi and Tarrytown, New York-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced topline data for the companies’ pivotal Phase II trial of the PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor Libtayo (cemiplimab) in advanced basal cell carcinoma patients that had progressed on or could not tolerate previous hedgehog pathway inhibitor therapies.

Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) received a rejection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for each of six supplemental Biologics License Applications to update the dosing frequency of the checkpoint inhibitor to include every-six-weeks administration.

A late-stage trial testing a combination of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s cancer drugs missed a main goal of preventing skin cancer from recurring in a certain group of patients.

Humira’s dominance continues as the world’s top-selling prescription product as the biologic therapy is the first drug to exceed $20 billion in annual global sales.

The European Commission granted conditional marketing authorization for Libtayo (cemiplimab) for treating adults with metastatic or locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma who are not candidates for curative surgery or curative radiation.