Diplomat Now Dispensing IMBRUVICA® as First-Line Therapy for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
FLINT, Mich.– March 14, 2016 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy announces new expanded indication for limited-distribution drug IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib).
Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is now filling prescriptions for the new indication of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib). IMBRUVICA® was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a first-line treatment for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
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CLL is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. CLL is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults, accounting for about one-quarter of the new cases of leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated 18,960 people will be diagnosed with CLL in the United States in 2016. The average age at the time of diagnosis is around 71 years.
“The approval of IMBRUVICA® as a first-line treatment for patients with CLL represents an advancement in drug development and an important option for patients with this disease,” said Gary Kadlec, Diplomat president.
In February 2014, IMBRUVICA® was approved for the treatment of patients with CLL who had received at least one prior therapy. IMBRUVICA® is now approved to treat CLL patients regardless of their treatment history (both treatment-naïve and previously treated patients). In addition, IMBRUVICA® is approved to treat high-risk CLL patients who carry the del 17p, a genetic aberration that occurs when part of chromosome 17, the location of the tumor suppressor gene p53, has been lost or deleted.
Since its launch in 2013, IMBRUVICA® has been approved to treat patients with:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion
- Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM)
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy
IMBRUVICA® is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company and Janssen Biotech, Inc. Click here for complete IMBRUVICA® prescribing information.
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