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.

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.

Checkmate Pharmaceuticals announced a clinical trial collaboration and supply agreement with the alliance between Merck KGaA and Pfizer Inc. to evaluate the TLR9 agonist CMP-001 in combination with the human anti-PD-L1 antibodyavelumab.