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

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today 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).1 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. 

AbbVie Provides Update on VENCLEXTA®/VENCLYXTO® (venetoclax) Multiple Myeloma Program

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a partial clinical hold on all clinical trials evaluating venetoclax (VENCLEXTA®/VENCLYXTO®) for the investigational treatment of multiple myeloma. The partial clinical hold follows a review of data from the ongoing Phase 3 BELLINI trial (M14-031), a study in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma, in which a higher proportion of deaths was observed in the venetoclax arm compared to the control arm of the trial. As a result of this action, no new patients should be enrolled in any studies of venetoclax for multiple myeloma until a further analysis of the data is completed. Patients who are currently enrolled in studies and receiving benefit from the therapy may continue with treatment, after consultation with their physician.

AbbVie Announces Multiple Milestones for Phase 3 CLL14 Venetoclax Study of Fixed Duration Treatment in Previously-Untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced  that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a fifth Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) to venetoclax, for use in combination with obinutuzumab as a fixed duration investigational combination, for untreated adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). According to the FDA, this designation is intended to expedite the review of therapies for serious or life-threatening conditions. The designation coincides with the completion of the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) submission to the FDA for approval in previously-untreated CLL patients.

AbbVie Announces U.S. FDA Approval of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Plus Obinutuzumab (GAZYVA®) - First Chemotherapy-Free, Anti-CD20 Combination Regimen Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (CLL/SLL) in Previously Untreated Patients

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) in combination with obinutuzumab (GAZYVA®) for adult patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). The latest FDA approval expands the use of IMBRUVICA, which can already be administered as a single agent or in combination with bendamustine and rituximab (BR) for adult CLL/SLL patients.1 IMBRUVICA is a once-daily, first-in-class Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor that is administered orally, and is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company, and Janssen Biotech, Inc.

AbbVie Provides Update on Phase 3 Study of Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced an update on the Phase 3 RESOLVE trial (PCYC-1137) of ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) in combination with chemotherapy agents nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine versus placebo in combination with these chemotherapy agents in patients with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (cancer). Metastatic pancreatic cancer is an aggressive and difficult-to-treat solid tumor primarily treated with chemotherapy today. IMBRUVICA is a first-in-class Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company, and Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen). IMBRUVICA has been available in the U.S. since 2013 and is FDA-approved for use in five B-cell blood cancers, as well as in chronic graft-versus-host-disease for a total of nine FDA-approved indications.

AbbVie and Tizona Therapeutics Announce Strategic Collaboration to Develop First-in-Class Immunotherapy for Cancer Targeting CD39

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, and Tizona Therapeutics, Inc. ("Tizona"), a privately held immunotherapy company, announced today that they have entered into a global, strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize CD39-targeted therapeutics, including TTX-030, a first-in-class antibody for the treatment of cancer. 

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Combination Regimen Significantly Improved Survival Versus the Chemoimmunotherapy FCR (Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide and Rituximab) in Previously Untreated and Younger Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Patients; Late-Breaking Phase 3 Data at ASH 2018

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today shared results from the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN), National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored, Phase 3 study (E1912) evaluating IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) plus rituximab versus the current National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines Category 1 treatment of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR) in previously untreated younger patients (70 years old or younger) with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).1,2 This interim analysis showed that IMBRUVICA plus rituximab significantly prolonged progression-free survival (PFS), the primary endpoint of the study, compared to FCR, with a 65 percent reduction in risk of progression or death. Furthermore, IMBRUVICA plus rituximab significantly improved overall survival (OS) compared to FCR. The findings were presented today during the Late-Breaker abstract oral session at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA (abstract #LBA-4).

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Phase 3 Combination Data with Obinutuzumab Finds Significant Improvement in Progression-Free Survival (PFS) Over Standard Chemoimmunotherapy of Chlorambucil Plus Obinutuzumab for Previously Untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (CLL/SLL)

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced results from the Phase 3 iLLUMINATE (PCYC-1130) trial, evaluating the chemotherapy-free, anti-CD20 combination of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) plus obinutuzumab (Gazyva®) in patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). At a median follow-up of 31 months, study results showed IMBRUVICA plus obinutuzumab significantly prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) (median not reached [NR] vs. 19 months) with a 77 percent reduction in risk of progression or death versus chlorambucil plus obinutuzumab, the current National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines Category 1 treatment regimen (hazard ratio [HR] 0.23; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.15-0.37; P<0.0001).

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Data in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Show up to Seven Years of Progression-free Survival (PFS) in 80 Percent of Previously Untreated Patients, the Longest Follow-up for a Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor to Date

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the results of up to seven years of clinical trial follow-up for IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) monotherapy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), the longest follow-up for a Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor to date. The updated Phase 1b/2 data demonstrated durable responses in CLL/SLL patients with an overall response rate (ORR) of 89 percent. Evaluated patients included those with high-risk genomic factors such as complex karyotype and unmutated IGHV, and more than 70 patients with three to 12 prior lines of therapy. Progression-free survival (PFS) rates were also sustained (estimated seven-year rates of 80% for previously untreated patients; 32% in the highly pre-treated relapsed/refractory [R/R] groups). The analysis also found that PFS trended better for R/R patients when treated with ibrutinib in earlier lines of therapy (after one or two prior lines of therapy versus three or more lines of prior therapy).

AbbVie Presents New Data from Phase 3 MURANO Trial of VENCLEXTA®/VENCLYXTO® (venetoclax) in Combination with Rituximab in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Who Completed the Fixed Treatment Course

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company today presented updated data from the pivotal Phase 3 MURANO trial of venetoclax (VENCLEXTA® or VENCLYXTO®) in combination with rituximab (VenR). The results at median follow-up of 36 months demonstrated that the majority of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (R/R CLL), treated with VenR, did not experience disease progression or death (PFS; the time on treatment without disease progression or death2) after all patients completed the fixed duration of therapy and stopped treatment, compared to patients treated with a standard of care regimen of bendamustine plus rituximab (BR).1 The estimated PFS rate at 36 months was 71.4 percent (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.64, 0.78) for patients treated with VenR compared with 15.2 percent (95% CI: 0.09, 0.21) for patients who completed treatment with a standard of care combination of BR (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.16; 95% CI: 0.12, 0.23).1 The data were presented today during the 60th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.