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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Merck announced this evening that it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma whose tumors express PD-L1.

In conjunction with that approval, Agilent Technologies also announced that its Dako PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx assay has received expanded approval to act as a companion diagnostic for Keytruda in this new indication.

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