SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYC) today announced the launch of informCLL™, a large, observational, prospective registry that will explore the natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), examine how IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) and other approved targeted therapies are being used to treat patients with CLL, and provide a comparison to treatments using conventional chemoimmunotherapy (CIT). IMBRUVICA is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, Inc. and the registry is a joint effort between the companies. Registry enrollment will begin in the first half of 2015.
The CLL registry will enroll more than 1,000 patients with CLL or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) from community and academic institutions across the United States. Patients participating in the registry should have received treatment with at least one prior therapy or have been determined to have high-risk disease, such as 17p deletion (del 17p), a genetic mutation which occurs when part of chromosome 17 has been lost or deleted and is associated with poor treatment outcomes. Most patients will be receiving treatment with a targeted agent.
"The informCLL™ registry will provide important insights that will enhance our ongoing CLL development program and is part of our continued commitment to support patients with CLL," said Elizabeth Faust, Ph.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs, Pharmacyclics.
Additional information about the registry will be available at the IMBRUVICA booth at the upcoming 56th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA from December 6 - 9, 2014.
informCLL is an observational, prospective registry that will explore the natural history and treatment landscape of a large, heterogeneous CLL patient population in real-world practice settings. The registry will describe current usage patterns and treatment practices in clinical practice, including collecting and characterizing adverse events, and assessing patient outcomes. For more information, contact: informCLL@pcyc.com.
About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) / Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL)
The prevalence of CLL/SLL is approximately 115,000 patients in the United States,1 with approximately 16,000 newly diagnosed patients every year.2 As this orphan disease frequently progresses following first-line therapy, patients are faced with fewer treatment options and often are prescribed multiple lines of therapy as they relapse or become resistant to treatments.3
In CLL/SLL, the genetic mutation del 17p occurs when part of chromosome 17 has been lost or deleted. CLL/SLL patients with del 17p have poor treatment outcomes.4 Del 17p is reported in approximately 7% of treatment-naïve CLL/SLL cases,5 and approximately 20% to 40% of relapsed/refractory patients harbor the mutation.6
IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) is a first-in-class, oral, once-daily therapy that inhibits a protein called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK).7 BTK is a key signaling molecule in the B-cell receptor signaling complex that plays an important role in the survival and spread of malignant B cells.7,8 IMBRUVICA blocks signals that tell malignant B cells to multiply and spread uncontrollably.7
IMBRUVICA is approved for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy, and for the treatment of CLL patients with del 17p,7 a genetic mutation that occurs when part of chromosome 17 has been lost.
IMBRUVICA is also approved for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy. Accelerated approval was granted for the MCL indication based on overall response rate (ORR). Improvements in survival or disease-related symptoms have not been established. Continued approval for the MCL indication may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.7
IMBRUVICA is being studied alone and in combination with other treatments in several blood cancers including CLL, MCL, Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), follicular lymphoma (FL) and multiple myeloma (MM). Over 4,600 patients have been treated in clinical trials of IMBRUVICA conducted in 35 countries by more than 800 investigators. Currently, 13 Phase III trials have been initiated with IMBRUVICA and 55 trials are registered on www.clinicaltrials.gov. The overall clinical development program in CLL includes eight Phase III trials and covers all lines of therapy and various combinations of treatments.
IMBRUVICA was one the first medicines to receive U.S. FDA approval via the new Breakthrough Therapy Designation pathway, and is the only product to have received three Breakthrough Therapy Designations.
IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics, Inc. and Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Patient Access to IMBRUVICA
Patients who are prescribed IMBRUVICA can receive access support through a variety of programs:
- The YOU&i Start™ program enables eligible patients who are experiencing insurance coverage delays to access free product for a limited time.
- The YOU&i Access™ Instant Savings Program helps commercially insured, eligible patients who have difficulties with out-of-pocket expenses for IMBRUVICA. Eligible patients may receive support to reduce their monthly out-of-pocket costs to $10 per month.
- The YOU&i Access Service Center assists patients with all access-related administration issues.
- The Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (JJPAF), an independent, non-profit organization to which Pharmacyclics makes donations, allows patients who are deemed uninsured and eligible, and who qualify based on financial need, access to IMBRUVICA.
For more information about these comprehensive patient access programs, call or visit 1-877-877-3536 or www.IMBRUVICA.com.
IMBRUVICA is indicated to treat people with:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy.
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion (a genetic mutation that occurs when part of chromosome 17 has been lost).
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy
- Accelerated approval was granted for this indication based on overall response rate. Improvements in survival or disease-related symptoms have not been established. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
Patients taking IMBRUVICA for CLL should take 420 mg taken orally once daily (or three 140 mg capsules once daily).
Patients taking IMBRUVICA for MCL should take 560 mg taken orally once daily (or four 140 mg capsules once daily).
Capsules should be taken orally with a glass of water. Capsules should be taken whole. Do not open, break, split or chew the capsules.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Warnings and Precautions include hemorrhage, infection, cyptopenias, atrial fibrillation, second primary malignancies, and embryo-fetal toxicity.
The most common adverse reactions include thrombocytopenia, diarrhea, neutropenia, anemia, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, peripheral edema, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, bruising, dyspnea, constipation, rash, abdominal pain, pyrexia, vomiting, and decreased appetite.
For additional important safety information, please see Full Prescribing Information at http://www.imbruvica.com/downloads/Prescribing_Information.pdf.
Pharmacyclics®, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYC) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated diseases. The company's mission is: to build a viable biopharmaceutical company that designs, develops and commercializes novel therapies intended to improve quality of life, increase duration of life and resolve serious medical healthcare needs. And to identify and control promising product candidates based on exceptional scientific development and administrational expertise, develop its products in a rapid, cost-efficient manner and to pursue commercialization and/or development partners when and where appropriate.
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U.S. Medical Information
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