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AbbVie Announces Phase 3 Study of VENCLEXTA™/ VENCLYXTO™ (venetoclax) in Combination with Rituxan® (rituximab) Meets its Primary Endpoint

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research and development based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the first presentation of efficacy and safety results from MURANO, an international, multicenter, open-label, randomized Phase 3 study of VENCLEXTA™/VENCLYXTO™ (venetoclax) in combination with Rituxan® (rituximab) compared with bendamustine in combination with Rituxan in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). 

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Data Provide Insights Into Its Potential Treatment Benefits for Previously-Treated Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease -- A Serious, Possibly Life-Threatening Condition

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced new data on the biologic and cellular mechanisms of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) in patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD), a potentially life-threatening consequence of an allogeneic stem cell or bone marrow transplant.1 New results showed ibrutinib selectively inhibited pre-germinal center B cells and follicular helper T cells (Tfh) that are believed to play a critical role in treating cGVHD. In addition, the data also showed that ibrutinib preserved immune memory and Th1 T cells, which suggests the potential for additional treatment benefit. These results were observed in a Phase 1b/2 trial (PCYC-1129).

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Pooled Analysis Suggests Benefit in Progression-Free Survival (PFS) at 3.5 Years in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory (R/R) Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced pooled analysis results of the longest follow-up data to date in Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibition for relapsed/refractory (R/R) mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients treated with IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib). The analysis found that, at three years, 45 percent of patients were able to achieve overall survival (OS) and 26 percent had disease progression-free survival (PFS). The pooled analysis also found that patients who were treated with ibrutinib earlier, after their first relapse/progression, experienced higher rates of OS and PFS.1 The analysis is comprised of data from a total of 370 patients in three different clinical trials: SPARK, RAY and PCYC-1104, and one ongoing Phase 3b extension study, CAN3001, which is eligible to patients who continue to benefit from ibrutinib therapy upon completing a previous ibrutinib clinical trial.2 MCL is an aggressive B-cell malignancy in which most patients relapse after their first line of therapy and receive a poor prognosis.3

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Patient-Reported Outcomes Data Detail Long-Term Improvement in Treatment Outcomes and Quality of Life Experience in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Patients

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced new three-year follow-up data from the RESONATE-2 study (PCYC-1115/1116), which found that previously-untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) patients reported sustained improvements in measures of well-being with IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) versus chemotherapy with chlorambucil. These new data provide the longest quality of life follow up for ibrutinib to date using patient-reported outcomes (PRO). Patients reported their quality of life outcomes for fatigue, mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression. At 30 months, ibrutinib was also associated with a greater progression-free survival (PFS) rate of 85 percent versus chlorambucil, which had a PFS rate of 28 percent.

IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) Plus Rituximab Phase 3 iNNOVATE Trial in Rare Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia Met Primary Endpoint

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the Phase 3 iNNOVATE (PCYC-1127) trial evaluating IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) in combination with rituximab in patients with treatment-naïve and previously-treated Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM) successfully met its primary endpoint and demonstrated improvement of progression-free survival (PFS) compared to rituximab alone. The Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended that the study be unblinded based on the positive outcome from the pre-specified interim analysis data. IMBRUVICA, a first-in-class Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company, and Janssen Biotech, Inc.