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Tafinlar + Mekinist is indicated for adjuvant treatment of adult patients with Stage III melanoma with a BRAF V600 mutation, following complete resection; for first-line treatment of adult patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600 mutation; for adult patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a BRAF V600 mutation.

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For the adjuvant treatment of Stage III BRAF V600 positive melanoma following complete resection

QOL matters for your patients—maintain it with TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) + MEKINIST® (trametinib)1-3

Relapse has the largest impact on QOL

QOL matters for your patients --maintain it with TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) + MEKINIST® (trametinib)
  • No significant difference was reported in VAS between patients who discontinued therapy early and those who did not2
  • At relapse, a more significant reduction in VAS was reported with placebo (-6.84, P<.001) than with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST (-6.02, P=.003)2,3
    • 106/166 patients relapsed with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST; 192/244 with placebo
  •  No decrease in patient QOL was observed in 12 months of treatment with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST2
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Make a significant impact on your patients’ risk of relapse without impacting their QOL.

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QOL, quality of life.

References: 1. Data on file. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2018. 2. Schadendorf D, Hauschild A, Santinami M, et al. Effect on health-related quality of life of adjuvant treatment with dabrafenib plus trametinib in patients with resected stage III BRAF-mutant melanoma. Presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting; June 1-5, 2018; Chicago, IL. 3. Schadendorf D, Hauschild A, Santinami M, et al. Effect on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of adjuvant treatment (tx) with dabrafenib plus trametinib (D + T) in patients (pts) with resected stage III BRAF mutant melanoma. J Clin Oncol. 2018;36 (suppl; abstract 9590).

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04/20  G-ONC-1230566

COMBI-AD was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase 3 trial that compared Tafinlar + Mekinist vs placebo4


  • Resection of histologically confirmed Stage IIIA, B, or C with BRAF V600E or BRAF V600K mutation
  • ECOG performance status ≤1
  • No prior systemic anticancer treatment or radiotherapy for melanoma
2 mg QD (n=438)

Placebo (n=432)


  • Primary endpoint was RFS
  • Secondary endpoints were OS, distant metastasis-free survival, freedom from relapse, and safety
COMBI-d phase 3 study: Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) + Mekinist® (trametinib) vs Tafinlar® monotherapy