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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

Among the most common AEs, none were considered irreversible or long-term1-3* 

  • AEs generally appear early during the first 3 months and then decrease in incidence1,2 
  • Safety was consistent across indications1
Adjuvant safety consistent with metastatic trials
  • The majority of patients completed the scheduled 12 months of TAFINLAR + MEKINIST at the intended daily dose2,3
  • Discontinuation rate due to AEs with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST was 26% (vs 3% for placebo)3
    • The most common cause of discontinuation was mild or moderate pyrexia (Grade 1 or 2)2
    • Discontinuation may have been influenced by the nature of adjuvant treatment3
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Guide the way for your patients with an established and predictable safety profile

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*Please see prescribing information for serious AEs that may occur with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST.

Safety information

References: 1. Atkinson VG, Hauschild A, Santinami M, et al. Adverse events (AEs) over time in patients (pts) treated with adjuvant dabrafenib plus trametinib (D + T) or placebo (Pbo) in the COMBI-AD trial. Presented at: ESMO 2018 Congress; October 19-23, 2018; Munich, Germany. 2. Data on file. Tafinlar + Mekinist Clinical Study Report. Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp; 2018. 3. Long GV, Hauschild A, Santinami M, et al. Adjuvant dabrafenib plus trametinib in stage III BRAF-mutated melanoma. N Engl J Med. 2017;377(19):1813-1823.

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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