Program for Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Participants With Metastatic Melanoma Who Have Failed Standard of Care Therapy Including Ipilimumab (MK-3475-030)
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This is an expanded access program (EAP) for participants who have progressed after prior systemic therapy including ipilimumab, and V-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) inhibitor or mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK) enzyme inhibitor when indicated. Participants cannot be eligible for or have participated in any pembrolizumab (MK-3475) clinical trial with the exception of a participant enrolled in the pembrolizumab protocol MK-3475-006 who received treatment on the ipilimumab treatment arm and progressed; such participants will be eligible to participate in the EAP, regardless of prior treatment with a BRAF/MEK inhibitor, as long as all other eligibility criteria for MK-3475-030 are met.
Condition or disease
Pembrolizumab has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with unresectable metastatic melanoma and disease progression following ipilimumab and if BRAF V600 mutation positive, a BRAF inhibitor. The Expanded Access Program (EAP) for this medicine in the U.S. is closed. The EAP will continue outside the U.S.
Each participant will receive pembrolizumab every 3 weeks for up to 2 years or until confirmed radiographic disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, confirmed positive pregnancy test, withdrawal of consent, or pembrolizumab approval in the participant's country.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
12 Years and older (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Unresectable (Stage III) or metastatic melanoma
Failed or progressed on standard of care systemic therapy including ipilimumab (with the exception of a participant with progressive disease while on the ipilimumab arm of MK-3475-006, regardless of prior treatment with a BRAF/MEK inhibitor, as long as all other eligibility criteria for this study are met)
Willing to sign Informed Consent
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance status of 0 or 1
Female participants of childbearing potential must be willing to use adequate contraception or be surgically sterile, or abstain from heterosexual activity starting with the first dose of treatment through at least 120 days after the last dose of pembrolizumab
Male participants must agree to use an adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of treatment through 120 days after the last dose of pembrolizumab
Adequate organ function
Eligible for an accessible pembrolizumab clinical study or previously participated in a pembrolizumab clinical study (with the exception of a participant with progressive disease while on the ipilimumab arm of MK-3475-006)
Eligible for treatment with a marketed BRAF inhibitor or MEK inhibitor (with the exception of a participant with progressive disease while on the ipilimumab arm of MK-3475-006, regardless of prior treatment with a BRAF/MEK inhibitor, as long as all other eligibility criteria for this study are met)
Not recovered to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) Grade 1 or better due to prior chemotherapy, radioactive, or biological cancer therapy (including monoclonal antibodies)
Not recovered from minor or major surgery and less than 4 weeks from major surgery
History of life-threatening or severe immune-related adverse events on treatment with another immunotherapy
Expected to require any other form of systemic antineoplastic therapy while receiving pembrolizumab
History of clinically severe autoimmune disease (e.g., requires chronic immunosuppressive therapy)
History of pneumonitis, organ transplant, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), active hepatitis B or hepatitis C
Active central nervous system metastases, carcinomatous meningitis, untreated brain metastases
Pregnant or breastfeeding, or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of treatment with pembrolizumab