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Dec 13, 2018

AbbVie Announces $5 Billion Increase to Stock Repurchase Program

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) has authorized a $5 billion increase to AbbVie's existing stock repurchase program.

Dec 05, 2018

Phase 3 Trial of Rova-T as Second-line Therapy for Advanced Small-Cell Lung Cancer (TAHOE Study) Halted

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the decision to stop enrollment for the TAHOE trial, a Phase 3 study evaluating Rovalpituzumab Tesirine (Rova-T) as a second-line therapy for advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). An Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended stopping enrollment in TAHOE due to shorter overall survival in the Rova-T arm compared with the topotecan control arm. For patients currently on treatment with Rova-T in TAHOE, the IDMC recommended that investigators and patients make individual decisions as to whether or not to continue treatment based on patient level response. The recommendation from the IDMC to halt enrollment applies only to the TAHOE study and does not impact other Rova-T clinical studies.

Dec 04, 2018

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).

Dec 03, 2018

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).

Dec 03, 2018

AbbVie Donates $50 Million To St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® To Expand Family-Centered Care

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. and MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a historic $50 million donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. This donation will enable St. Jude to accelerate plans to enhance and expand patient and family-centered care at the heart of its mission.

Dec 02, 2018

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).

Dec 01, 2018

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.

Nov 30, 2018

AbbVie Announces HUMIRA® (adalimumab) Global Patent License with Pfizer

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) announced today patent license agreements with Pfizer over its proposed biosimilar adalimumab product. Under the terms of the agreements, AbbVie will grant Pfizer a non-exclusive license on specified dates to AbbVie's intellectual property relating to HUMIRA in the United States and in various other countries around the world in which AbbVie has intellectual property:

Nov 21, 2018

AbbVie Receives US FDA Accelerated Approval for VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax) for Treatment of Newly-Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients Ineligible for Intensive Chemotherapy

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax tablets) in combination with azacitidine, or decitabine, or low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) for the treatment of newly-diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in adults who are age 75 years or older, or who have comorbidities that preclude use of intensive induction chemotherapy. This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on response rates. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.7

Nov 20, 2018

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AbbVie to Highlight Breadth of Innovative Science and Ongoing Commitment to Blood Cancer Patients with New Data From Studies of Ibrutinib and Venetoclax at 2018 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that data from nearly 40 abstracts, including 13 oral presentations and more than 20 poster presentations, will be presented during the upcoming 60th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition, December 1-4, in San Diego.