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Friday, October 11, 2019

AbbVie Announces US FDA Approval of Venclexta (venetoclax) as a Chemotherapy-Free Combination Regimen for Previously Untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients

In continuation of my update on Venclexta (venetoclax)


AbbVie a research-based global biopharmaceutical  company,  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Venclexta (venetoclax) in combination with obinutuzumab (Gazyva®) for previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). The FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for this combination therapy, and early submission of the data was provided under the Real-Time Oncology Review (RTOR) pilot program, which led to approval in just over two months, following submission of the complete application.
"This FDA approval provides a new chemotherapy-free combination treatment option for patients, and underscores the growing utility of Venclexta in CLL," said Michael Severino, M.D., vice chairman and president, AbbVie.  "The approval is based on findings from the CLL14 trial in which patients received a 12-month treatment regimen. The majority of patients receiving Venclexta in the trial remained progression-free at two years."
Data from the CLL14 trial is expected to be presented at an upcoming medical meeting and published in a journal this year.
"Patients never treated for their CLL have had to rely largely on chemotherapy as their initial treatment," said Michael Hallek, M.D., lead investigator of the CLL14 study, Department of Internal Medicine and Center of Integrated Oncology at the University Hospital Cologne in Germany, and Head of the German CLL Study Group. "The approval of the Venclexta combination means that patients with previously untreated CLL now have a finite duration, chemotherapy-free treatment option that can allow them to live longer without disease progression, induce high rates of minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity and, importantly, allow them to complete their course of therapy within 12 months. This is a major step forward in how previously untreated CLL is managed and further supports the growing benefits offered by Venclexta in CLL."
The CLL14 trial demonstrated superior progression-free survival as assessed by an independent review committee (PFS; the time from initiation of treatment until disease progression or death) in patients treated with Venclexta plus obinutuzumab compared to patients who received chlorambucil plus obinutuzumab, a commonly used standard of care. With a median follow-up of 28 months (range: 0.1 to 36 months), Venclexta plus obinutuzumab reduced the risk of progression or death by 67% compared with chlorambucil plus obinutuzumab (hazard ratio: 0.33, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.22, 0.51; p<0.0001).1 Median PFS was not reached in either treatment arm.1  Minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity (undetectable disease in the blood or bone marrow) was assessed as a secondary endpoint and occurs when less than one CLL cell per 10,000 leukocytes can be detected using sensitive analytical methods.  Higher rates of MRD negativity were observed with Venclexta plus obinutuzumab compared to obinutuzumab plus chlorambucil in both bone marrow (57% versus 17%, p<0.0001) and peripheral blood (76% versus 35%, p<0.0001) three months after treatment completion .
In the CLL14 trial, adverse events (AEs) were consistent with the known safety profiles of Venclexta and obinutuzumab alone. Serious adverse reactions (ARs) were reported in 49% of patients in the Venclexta plus obinutuzumab arm, most often due to febrile neutropenia and pneumonia (5% each). The most common ARs (≥15%) of any grade were neutropenia (60%), diarrhea (28%), fatigue (21%), nausea (19%), anemia (17%), and upper respiratory tract infection (17%).
Venclexta, an oral B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) inhibitor, has been granted five Breakthrough Therapy designations from the FDA.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

FDA Approves Venclexta (venetoclax) for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia with 17p Deletion

VENCLEXTAâ„¢ (venetoclax) Structural Formula Illustration

In continuation of my update on Venclexta

Food and Drug Administration today approved Venclexta (venetoclax) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have a chromosomal abnormality called 17p deletion and who have been treated with at least one prior therapy. Venclexta is the first FDA-approved treatment that targets the B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) protein, which supports cancer cell growth and is overexpressed in many patients with CLL.
According to the National Cancer Institute, CLL is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults, with approximately 15,000 new cases diagnosed each year. CLL is characterized by the progressive accumulation of abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Patients with CLL who have a 17p deletion lack a portion of the chromosome that acts to suppress cancer growth. This chromosomal abnormality occurs in approximately 10 percent of patients with untreated CLL and in approximately 20 percent of patients with relapsed CLL.
“These patients now have a new, targeted therapy that inhibits a protein involved in keeping tumor cells alive,” said Richard Pazdur, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “For certain patients with CLL who have not had favorable outcomes with other therapies, Venclexta may provide a new option for their specific condition.”
The efficacy of Venclexta was tested in a single-arm clinical trial of 106 patients with CLL who have a 17p deletion and who had received at least one prior therapy. Trial participants took Venclexta orally every day, beginning with 20 mg and increasing over a five-week period to 400 mg. Results showed that 80 percent of trial participants experienced a complete or partial remission of their cancer.
Venclexta is indicated for daily use after detection of 17p deletion is confirmed through the use of the FDA-approved companion diagnostic Vysis CLL FISH probe kit.
The most common side effects of Venclexta include low white blood cell count (neutropenia), diarrhea, nausea, anemia, upper respiratory tract infection, low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) and fatigue. Serious complications can include pneumonia, neutropenia with fever, fever, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, anemia and metabolic abnormalities known as tumor lysis syndrome. Live attenuated vaccines should not be given to patients taking Venclexta.
The FDA granted the Venclexta application breakthrough therapy designation, priority review status, and accelerated approval for this indication. These are distinct programs intended to facilitate and expedite the development and review of certain new drugs in light of their potential to benefit patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Venclexta also received orphan drug designation, which provides incentives such as tax credits, user fee waivers and eligibility for exclusivity to assist and encourage the development of drugs for rare diseases.
Venclexta is manufactured by AbbVie Inc. of North Chicago, Illinois, and marketed by AbbVie and Genentech USA Inc. of South San Francisco, California. The Vysis CLL FISH probe kit is manufactured by Abbott Molecular of Des Plaines, Illinois.
FDA Approves Venclexta (venetoclax) for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia with 17p Deletion