September 30, 2019 / 6:31 AM / 23 days ago

AstraZeneca, Merck cancer treatment attains meaningful improvement in progression-free survival

Sept 30 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc said on Monday their drug to treat a form of ovarian cancer improved progression-free survival in patients tested in a late-stage study.

The study tested Lynparza in patients as an add-on to an already existing standard of care, bevacizumab, and was compared to a group of patients given bevacizumab alone.

Lynparza added to bevacizumab reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 41% in the overall trial population. (Reporting by Aakash Jagadeesh Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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