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Merck withdraws marketing application for Keytruda in Europe

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(Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc said on Friday it had withdrawn its European application for Keytruda as a combination treatment for patients with an advanced stage of non-small cell lung cancer.

The company’s shares tumbled 8.9 percent to $56.50 in after-hours trading.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. drugmaker said quarterly sales of Keytruda exceeded $1 billion for the first time in the third quarter.

Reporting by Divya Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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