The Pennsylvania company says it will continue to develop its IO treatment, even without Roche's support.
Actavis and Allergan have a $66-billion-dollar deal, Merck's Vytorin hits its endpoint, and Pfizer puts up $850 million for an experimental cancer drug.
Keytruda was the first of the new PD-1 class of immuno-oncology drugs to reach the US, but Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono could run away with the competition, according to one analyst.
The first-in-class PD-1 was approved only last week.
The FDA approved the drug previously known as pembrolizumab, now known as Keytruda, for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who have taken Bristol-Myers Squibb's Yervoy (ipilimumab).
Roche backs away from Chugai but embraces InterMune, Merck rumored on track to score first PD-1 approval, a new Ebola strain may have surfaced and JNJ scoops up experimental anti-TNF.
The company attributed part of the Eliquis boost to the BMS-Pfizer DTC and education efforts.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is moving forward with its FDA filing of PD-1 Opdivo (formerly known as nivolumab) for patients with advanced melanoma who have been previously treated with the BMS drug Yervoy.
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