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Danish Medicines Council makes five recommendations after April meeting

The council has processed five drug applications at this month’s meeting, including proposals from Bristol Meyers Squibb and Novartis, which received thumbs-up for treatments for cancer and spinal arthritis, respectively. Sanofi’s application was rejected and Merck/Pfizer’s combination pitch was not approved, despite new data.

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Wednesday brought bad news for pharmaceutical firms Merck, Pfizer and Sanofi.

During its monthly meeting, members of the Danish Medicines Council debated an application from Merck and Pfizer, which had sought backing to use the former firm’s blockbuster drug Bavencio (avelumab) in combination with the latter’s Inlyta (axitinib) to treat kidney cancer.

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