EAGLE Crash Lands: AstraZeneca's Imfinzi/Tremelimumab Continues To Disappoint
The latest failure of the combination of AZ's PD-L1 inhibitor and its CLTA4 inhibitor is in advanced head and neck cancer. It follows recent failures of the MYSTIC and ARCTIC trials in lung cancer.
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