ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis on Monday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy status to the combination of Tafinlar and Mekinist to treat patients with BRAF V600-positive stage III melanoma following surgery.

“There is a need for more effective treatment options for stage III melanoma patients at a high risk of recurrence following surgical resection,” Samit Hirawat, head of global drug development at Novartis’ oncology unit, said in a release.

“We thank the FDA for recognizing the scientific advancement Tafinlar and Mekinist may provide in this adjuvant setting.”

 

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Vyas Mohan

 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-novartis-melanoma/novartis-gets-fda-breakthrough-status-for-tafinlar-mekinist-combination-idUSKBN1CS0H1