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Brand name: Keytruda

Keytruda is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) pembrolizumab. On this page you will find out more about Keytruda, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: pembrolizumab

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Keytruda 50 mg powder for injection, 1 vial

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) is indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma in adults.,KEYTRUDA is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) whose tumours express PD-L1 with a greater than or equal to 50% tumour proportion score (TPS) as determined by a validated test, with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations. KEYTRUDA is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced NSCLC whose tumours express PD-L1 with a greater than or equal to 1% TPS as determined by a validated test and who have received platinum-containing chemotherapy. Patients with EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations should have received prior therapy for these aberrations prior to receiving KEYTRUDA.,KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) is indicated for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy. This indication is approved based on overall response rate and duration of response. Improvements in overall survival, progression-free survival or health-related quality of life have not been established.,KEYTRUDA as monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL): - 1. following autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) or - 2. following at least two prior therapies when ASCT or multi-agent chemotherapy is not a treatment option. The approval of this indication is on the basis of objective response rate (ORR).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance powder for injection supplied as a white to off-white cake,contained within 15mL glass vials.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intravenous Infusion
Medicine schedule
1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Refrigerate,Do not Freeze
Life time 36 Months
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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