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AbbVie to Present Latest Clinical Research in the Treatment of Leukemias, Lymphomas and Other Blood Cancers at 2019 ASH Annual Meeting

- AbbVie will present more than 40 abstracts featuring data from approved and investigational medicines

- New minimal residual disease (MRD) data from CAPTIVATE clinical trial evaluating ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) plus venetoclax (VENCLEXTA®/ VENCLYXTO®) in first-line treatment chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) will be featured during the CLL Therapy Oral Session (abstract #35)

- Latest data from the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group-led Phase 3 E1912 study of ibrutinib in combination with rituximab, which served as the basis of a recent FDA sNDA submission, will be presented during the CLL Therapy Oral Session (Abstract #33)

- New long-term data from the MURANO trial evaluating continued benefit with fixed duration venetoclax plus rituximab in patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) CLL will also be featured in the CLL Therapy Oral Session (abstract #355)

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that more than 40 abstracts, including 18 oral presentations, will be presented during the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, December 7-10, in Orlando, FL. New data include presentations on Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) plus venetoclax (VENCLEXTA®/ VENCLYXTO®) among others.

"At this year's ASH Annual Meeting, AbbVie will showcase the latest scientific progress from our portfolio spanning various hematologic malignancies," said Mohamed Zaki, M.D., Ph.D., Head of Hematology Oncology, AbbVie. "We look forward to sharing the new data from our clinical development programs for ibrutinib and venetoclax, which continue to demonstrate the potential to transform care and improve the lives of people living with various difficult-to-treat blood cancers."

Data from two studies of ibrutinib combination regimens in the first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) will be featured in the CLL Therapy Oral Session. A new minimal residual disease (MRD)-guided analysis from the Phase 2 CAPTIVATE study (PCYC-1142) of ibrutinib in combination with venetoclax will be presented (Abstract #35), as well as longer-term outcomes data from the Phase 3 E1912 study of ibrutinib in combination with rituximab, which served as the basis of a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sNDA submission (Abstract #33). In addition, extended follow-up data of up to 7.5 years in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) supporting the long-term disease control and tolerability with ibrutinib (Abstract #1538) and a four-year updated analysis from the Phase 3 MURANO trial of venetoclax in combination with rituximab will be shared (Abstract #355).

These new data will provide insights on the ongoing evaluation of ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) and venetoclax (VENCLEXTA/VENCLYXTO®) use among a variety of CLL patients.

Details about presentations are as follows:

Abstract

Presentation Timing

Ibrutinib

Ibrutinib Plus Venetoclax for First-line Treatment of
CLL/SLL: Results from the MRD Cohort of Phase 2
CAPTIVATE Study (PCYC-1142); Tam et al.;
Abstract #35

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:30 a.m. ET

Ibrutinib and Rituximab Compared to FCR in
Younger Patients with CLL: Extended Follow-Up
from the E1912 Trial; Shanafelt et al.; Abstract #33*

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:00 a.m. ET

Long-Term Outcomes with Ibrutinib Versus the Prior
Regimen: A Pooled Analysis in Relapsed/Refractory
MCL with up to 7.5 Years of Extended Follow-up
(MCL2001, MCL3001, CAN3001, PCYC-1104); Rule
et al.; Abstract #1538

Saturday, December 7

Poster Session: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Planned Analysis of the Phase 1/2 CIRLL Trial for
CLL and MCL of Cirmtuzumab in Combination with
Ibrutinib; Choi et al.; Abstract #1755

Saturday, December 7

Poster Session: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Clinical Impact of Ibrutinib with R-CHOP in Untreated
Non-GCB DLBCL Co-Expressing BCL2 and MYC
Genes in the Phase 3 PHOENIX Trial; Johnson et al.;
Abstract #354**

Sunday, December 8

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:45 a.m. ET

Using Ibrutinib in Earlier Lines of Treatment in
CLL/SLL (RESONATE/RESONATE-2); Barr et al.;
Abstract #3054

Sunday, December 8

Poster Session: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET

Phase 2 Results of the iR2 Regimen (Ibrutinib,
Lenalidomide, and Rituximab) in Patients with
Relapsed/Refractory Non-germinal Center B Cell–
Like (Non-GCB) Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
(DLBCL) (PCYC-1123); Ramchandren et al.;
Abstract #761

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 3:45 p.m. ET

Venetoclax

Ibrutinib (Ibr) Plus Venetoclax (Ven) for First-Line
Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
(CLL)/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL): Results
from the MRD Cohort of the Phase 2 CAPTIVATE
Study

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:30 a.m. ET

Quantitative Analysis of Minimal Residual Disease
(MRD) Shows High Rates of Undetectable MRD
After Fixed-Duration Chemotherapy-Free Treatment
and Serves as Surrogate Marker for Progression-
Free Survival: A Prospective Analysis of the
Randomized CLL14 trial

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:45 a.m. ET

T(11;14) and High BCL2 Expression are Predictive
Biomarkers of Response to Venetoclax in
Combination with Bortezomib and Dexamethasone
in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple
Myeloma: Biomarker Analyses from the Phase 3
BELLINI Study

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 10:15 a.m. ET

Identification of Recurrent Genomic Alterations in the
Apoptotic Machinery in CLL Patients Treated with
Venetoclax Monotherapy

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 12:45 p.m. ET

Updated Results from the Venetoclax (Ven) in
Combination with Idasanutlin (Idasa) Arm of a Phase
1b Trial in Elderly Patients (Pts) with Relapsed or
Refractory (R/R) Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Ineligible for Cytotoxic Chemotherapy

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 2:00 p.m. ET

Outcomes After Stem Cell Transplant in Older
Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treated with
Venetoclax-Based Therapies

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 3:15 p.m. ET

Safety and Efficacy of Venetoclax in Combination
with Navitoclax in Adult and Pediatric
Relapsed/Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
and Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

Saturday, December 7

Oral Session: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 4:30 p.m. ET

Four-Year Analysis of MURANO Study Confirms
Sustained Benefit of Time-Limited Venetoclax-
Rituximab (VenR) in Relapsed/Refractory (R/R)
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Sunday, December 8

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 7:30 a.m. ET

Genome and Exome-Wide Studies Reveal Potential
Predictive Efficacy Markers for Venetoclax and
Rituximab (VenR) in Relapsed/Refractory Chronic
Lymphocytic Leukemia (R/R CLL): Subgroup
Analyses of the MURANO Trial

Sunday, December 8

Oral Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 7:45 a.m. ET

A Phase 1b Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy
of Venetoclax as Monotherapy or in Combination
with Azacitidine for the Treatment of
Relapsed/Refractory Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 7:00 a.m. ET

A Phase 1b Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy
of Venetoclax in Combination with Azacitidine in
Treatment-Naïve Patients with Higher-Risk
Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 7:45 a.m. ET

Biomarker Modulation by Mivebresib (ABBV-075) +/–
Venetoclax in Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid
Leukemia

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:00 a.m. ET

Response to Venetoclax in Combination with Low
Intensity Therapy (LDAC or HMA) in Untreated
Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients with
IDH, FLT3 and Other Mutations and Correlations
with BCL2 Family Expression

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 8:15 a.m. ET

First Analysis from a Phase 1/2 Study of Venetoclax
in Combination with Daratumumab and
Dexamethasone, +/- Bortezomib, in Patients with
Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 6:15 p.m. ET

Phase 1/2 Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy
of Venetoclax in Combination with Dexamethasone
as Targeted Therapy for Patients with t(11;14)
Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 6:30 p.m. ET

Navitoclax

Results from a Phase 2 Study of Navitoclax in
Combination with Ruxolitinib in Patients with Primary
or Secondary Myelofibrosis

Monday, December 9

Oral Session: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Oral Presentation: 11:30 a.m. ET


*Abstract was submitted by the National Cancer Institute

**Abstract was submitted by IMBRUVICA co-development partner, Janssen Biotech, Inc.

About Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®)

IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) is an oral, once-daily medicine that works differently than chemotherapy as it blocks a protein called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK). The BTK protein sends important signals that tell B cells to mature and produce antibodies. BTK signaling is needed by specific cancer cells to multiple and spread.1,2 By blocking BTK, IMBRUVICA may help move abnormal B cells out of their nourishing environments in the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and other organs.3

IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company, and Janssen Biotech, Inc. Since its launch in 2013, IMBRUVICA has received 10 FDA approvals across six disease areas: chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with or without 17p deletion (del17p); small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) with or without del17p; Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM); previously-treated patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)*; previously-treated patients with marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) who require systemic therapy and have received at least one prior anti-CD20-based therapy* – and previously-treated patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) after failure of one or more lines of systemic therapy.4

IMBRUVICA is now approved in 95 countries and has been used to treat more than 170,000 patients worldwide across its approved indications. IMBRUVICA is the only FDA-approved medicine in WM and cGVHD. IMBRUVICA has been granted four Breakthrough Therapy Designations from the U.S. FDA. This designation is intended to expedite the development and review of a potential new drug for serious or life-threatening diseases. IMBRUVICA was one of the first medicines to receive FDA approval via the Breakthrough Therapy Designation pathway.

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for CLL recommends ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) as a preferred regimen for the initial treatment of CLL/SLL and it is the only Category 1 single-agent regimen for treatment-naïve patients without deletion 17p.

IMBRUVICA is being studied alone and in combination with other treatments in several blood and solid tumor cancers and other serious illnesses. IMBRUVICA is the most comprehensively studied BTK inhibitor, with more than 150 ongoing clinical trials. There are approximately 30 ongoing company-sponsored trials, 14 of which are in Phase 3, and more than 100 investigator-sponsored trials and external collaborations that are active around the world. For more information, visit www.IMBRUVICA.com.

*Accelerated approval was granted for the MCL and MZL indications based on overall response rate. Continued approval for MCL and MZL may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Hemorrhage: Fatal bleeding events have occurred in patients treated with IMBRUVICA®.  Major hemorrhage (≥ Grade 3, serious, or any central nervous system events; e.g., intracranial hemorrhage [including subdural hematoma], gastrointestinal bleeding, hematuria, and post procedural hemorrhage) have occurred in 4% of patients, with fatalities occurring in 0.4% of 2,838 patients exposed to IMBRUVICA® in 27 clinical trials.  Bleeding events of any grade, including bruising and petechiae, occurred in 39% of patients treated with IMBRUVICA®.

The mechanism for the bleeding events is not well understood.

Use of either anticoagulant or antiplatelet agents concomitantly with IMBRUVICA® increases the risk of major hemorrhage. In IMBRUVICA® clinical trials, 3.1% of patients taking IMBRUVICA® without antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy experienced major hemorrhage.  The addition of antiplatelet therapy with or without anticoagulant therapy increased this percentage to 4.4%, and the addition of anticoagulant therapy with or without antiplatelet therapy increased this percentage to 6.1%. Consider the risks and benefits of anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy when co-administered with IMBRUVICA®. Monitor for signs and symptoms of bleeding.

Consider the benefit-risk of withholding IMBRUVICA® for at least 3 to 7 days pre- and post-surgery depending upon the type of surgery and the risk of bleeding.

Infections: Fatal and non-fatal infections (including bacterial, viral, or fungal) have occurred with IMBRUVICA® therapy. Grade 3 or greater infections occurred in 24% of 1,124 patients exposed to IMBRUVICA® in clinical trials. Cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) have occurred in patients treated with IMBRUVICA®. Consider prophylaxis according to standard of care in patients who are at increased risk for opportunistic infections.

Monitor and evaluate patients for fever and infections and treat appropriately.

Cytopenias: Treatment-emergent Grade 3 or 4 cytopenias including neutropenia (23%), thrombocytopenia (8%), and anemia (3%) based on laboratory measurements occurred in patients with B‑cell malignancies treated with single agent IMBRUVICA®.

Monitor complete blood counts monthly.

Cardiac Arrhythmias: Fatal and serious cardiac arrhythmias have occurred with IMBRUVICA® therapy.  Grade 3 or greater ventricular tachyarrhythmias occurred in 0.2% of patients, and Grade 3 or greater atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter occurred in 4% of 1,124 patients exposed to IMBRUVICA® in clinical trials.  These events have occurred particularly in patients with cardiac risk factors, hypertension, acute infections, and a previous history of cardiac arrhythmias. 

Periodically monitor patients clinically for cardiac arrhythmias. Obtain an ECG for patients who develop arrhythmic symptoms (e.g., palpitations, lightheadedness, syncope, chest pain) or new onset dyspnea.   Manage cardiac arrhythmias appropriately, and if it persists, consider the risks and benefits of IMBRUVICA® treatment and follow dose modification guidelines.

Hypertension: Hypertension of any grade occurred in 12% of 1,124 patients treated with IMBRUVICA® in clinical trials. Grade 3 or greater hypertension occurred in 5% of patients with a median time to onset of 5.9 months (range, 0.03 to 24 months). 

Monitor blood pressure in patients treated with IMBRUVICA® and initiate or adjust anti-hypertensive medication throughout treatment with IMBRUVICA® as appropriate.

Second Primary Malignancies: Other malignancies (10%) including non-skin carcinomas (4%) have occurred in 1,124 patients treated with IMBRUVICA® in clinical trials. The most frequent second primary malignancy was non-melanoma skin cancer (6%).

Tumor Lysis Syndrome: Tumor lysis syndrome has been infrequently reported with IMBRUVICA® therapy. Assess the baseline risk (e.g., high tumor burden) and take appropriate precautions.

Monitor patients closely and treat as appropriate. 

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity: Based on findings in animals, IMBRUVICA® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise women to avoid becoming pregnant while taking IMBRUVICA® and for 1 month after cessation of therapy. If this drug is used during pregnancy or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus. Advise men to avoid fathering a child during the same time period.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

B-cell malignancies: The most common adverse reactions (≥20%) in patients with B-cell malignancies (MCL, CLL/SLL, WM and MZL) were thrombocytopenia (58%)*, diarrhea (41%), anemia (38%)*, neutropenia (35%)*, musculoskeletal pain (32%), rash (32%), bruising (31%), nausea (26%), fatigue (26%), hemorrhage (24%), and pyrexia (20%).

The most common Grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions (≥5%) in patients with B-cell malignancies (MCL, CLL/SLL, WM and MZL) were neutropenia (18%)*, thrombocytopenia (16%)*, and pneumonia (14%).

Approximately 7% (CLL/SLL), 14% (MCL), 14% (WM) and 10% (MZL) of patients had a dose reduction due to adverse reactions. Approximately 4-10% (CLL/SLL), 9% (MCL), and 7% (WM [5%] and MZL [13%]) of patients discontinued due to adverse reactions.

cGVHD: The most common adverse reactions (≥20%) in patients with cGVHD were fatigue (57%), bruising (40%), diarrhea (36%), thrombocytopenia (33%)*, muscle spasms (29%), stomatitis (29%), nausea (26%), hemorrhage (26%), anemia (24%)*, and pneumonia (21%).

The most common Grade 3 or higher adverse reactions (≥5%) reported in patients with cGVHD were pneumonia (14%), fatigue (12%), diarrhea (10%), neutropenia (10%)*, sepsis (10%), hypokalemia (7%), headache (5%), musculoskeletal pain (5%), and pyrexia (5%).

Twenty-four percent of patients receiving IMBRUVICA® in the cGVHD trial discontinued treatment due to adverse reactions. Adverse reactions leading to dose reduction occurred in 26% of patients.

*Treatment-emergent decreases (all grades) were based on laboratory measurements.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

CYP3A Inhibitors: Co-administration of IMBRUVICA® with strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitors may increase ibrutinib plasma concentrations. Dose modifications of IMBRUVICA® may be recommended when used concomitantly with posaconazole, voriconazole, and moderate CYP3A inhibitors. Avoid concomitant use of other strong CYP3A inhibitors. Interrupt IMBRUVICA® if strong inhibitors are used short-term (e.g., for ≤ 7 days). See dose modification guidelines in USPI sections 2.4 and 7.1.

CYP3A Inducers: Avoid coadministration with strong CYP3A inducers. 

SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Hepatic Impairment (based on Child-Pugh criteria): Avoid use of IMBRUVICA® in patients with severe baseline hepatic impairment. In patients with mild or moderate impairment, reduce IMBRUVICA® dose. 

Please click here for full Prescribing Information.

About VENCLEXTA®/VENCLYXTO® (venetoclax)

VENCLEXTA®/VENCLYXTO® (venetoclax) is a first-in-class medicine that selectively binds and inhibits the B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) protein. In some blood cancers, BCL-2 prevents cancer cells from undergoing their natural death or self-destruction process, called apoptosis. VENCLEXTA/VENCLYXTO targets the BCL-2 protein and works to help restore the process of apoptosis.

VENCLEXTA/VENCLYXTO is being developed by AbbVie and Roche. It is jointly commercialized by AbbVie and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, in the U.S. and by AbbVie outside of the U.S. Together, the companies are committed to BCL-2 research and to studying venetoclax in clinical trials across several blood and other cancers. 

VENCLEXTA/VENCLYXTO is approved in more than 50 countries, including the U.S. AbbVie, in collaboration with Roche, is currently working with regulatory agencies around the world to bring this medicine to additional eligible patients in need.

Uses and Important VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax) U.S. Safety Information5

Uses
VENCLEXTA is a prescription medicine used:

  • to treat adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).
  • in combination with azacitidine, or decitabine, or low-dose cytarabine to treat adults with newly-diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who:

It is not known if VENCLEXTA is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about VENCLEXTA?

VENCLEXTA can cause serious side effects, including:

Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). TLS is caused by the fast breakdown of cancer cells. TLS can cause kidney failure, the need for dialysis treatment, and may lead to death. Your healthcare provider will do tests to check your risk of getting TLS before you start taking VENCLEXTA. You will receive other medicines before starting and during treatment with VENCLEXTA to help reduce your risk of TLS. You may also need to receive intravenous (IV) fluids into your vein. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check for TLS when you first start treatment and during treatment with VENCLEXTA. It is important to keep your appointments for blood tests. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of TLS during treatment with VENCLEXTA, including fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, confusion, shortness of breath, seizures, irregular heartbeat, dark or cloudy urine, unusual tiredness, or muscle or joint pain.

Drink plenty of water during treatment with VENCLEXTA to help reduce your risk of getting TLS. Drink 6 to 8 glasses (about 56 ounces total) of water each day, starting 2 days before your first dose, on the day of your first dose of VENCLEXTA, and each time your dose is increased.

Your healthcare provider may delay, decrease your dose, or stop treatment with VENCLEXTA if you have side effects.

Who should not take VENCLEXTA?

Certain medicines must not be taken when you first start taking VENCLEXTA and while your dose is being slowly increased because of the risk of increased TLS.

  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the- counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. VENCLEXTA and other medicines may affect each other causing serious side effects.
  • Do not start new medicines during treatment with VENCLEXTA without first talking with your healthcare provider.

Before taking VENCLEXTA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have kidney or liver problems.
  • have problems with your body salts or electrolytes, such as potassium, phosphorus, or calcium.
  • have a history of high uric acid levels in your blood or gout.
  • are scheduled to receive a vaccine. You should not receive a "live vaccine" before, during, or after treatment with VENCLEXTA, until your healthcare provider tells you it is okay. If you are not sure about the type of immunization or vaccine, ask your healthcare provider. These vaccines may not be safe or may not work as well during treatment with VENCLEXTA.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. VENCLEXTA may harm your unborn baby. If you are able to become pregnant, your healthcare provider should do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with VENCLEXTA, and you should use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 30 days after the last dose of VENCLEXTA. If you become pregnant or think you are pregnant, tell your healthcare provider right away.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if VENCLEXTA passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with VENCLEXTA.

What should I avoid while taking VENCLEXTA?

You should not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit, Seville oranges (often used in marmalades), or starfruit while you are taking VENCLEXTA. These products may increase the amount of VENCLEXTA in your blood.

What are the possible side effects of VENCLEXTA?

VENCLEXTA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia). Low white blood cell counts are common with VENCLEXTA, but can also be severe. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your blood counts during treatment with VENCLEXTA.
  • Infections. Death and serious infections such as pneumonia and blood infection (sepsis) have happened during treatment with VENCLEXTA. Your healthcare provider will closely monitor and treat you right away if you have a fever or any signs of infection during treatment with VENCLEXTA.

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have a fever or any signs of an infection during treatment with VENCLEXTA.

The most common side effects of VENCLEXTA when used in combination with obinutuzumab or rituximab or alone in people with CLL or SLL include low white blood cell counts; low platelet counts; low red blood cell counts; diarrhea; nausea; upper respiratory tract infection; cough; muscle and joint pain; tiredness; and swelling of your arms, legs, hands, and feet.

The most common side effects of VENCLEXTA in combination with azacitidine or decitabine or low-dose cytarabine in people with AML include low white blood cell counts; nausea; diarrhea; low platelet counts; constipation; fever with low white blood cell counts; low red blood cell counts; infection in blood; rash; dizziness; low blood pressure; fever; swelling of your arms, legs, hands, and feet; vomiting; tiredness; shortness of breath; bleeding; infection in lung; stomach (abdominal) pain; pain in muscles or back; cough; and sore throat.

VENCLEXTA may cause fertility problems in males. This may affect your ability to father a child. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.

These are not all the possible side effects of VENCLEXTA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.medicineassistancetool.org for assistance.

The full U.S. prescribing information, including Medication Guide, for VENCLEXTA can be found here. 

Indication and Important VENCLYXTO (venetoclax) EU Safety Information6

Indication
Venclyxto in combination with rituximab is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy.

Venclyxto monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of CLL:

  • in the presence of 17p deletion or TP53 mutation in adult patients who are unsuitable for or have failed a B-cell receptor pathway inhibitor, or
  • in the absence of 17p deletion or TP53 mutation in adult patients who have failed both chemoimmunotherapy and a B-cell receptor pathway inhibitor.

Contraindications
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients is contraindicated. Concomitant use of strong CYP3A inhibitors at initiation and during the dose-titration phase due to increased risk for tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). Concomitant use of preparations containing St. John's wort as VENCLYXTO efficacy may be reduced.

Special Warnings & Precautions for Use
Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS), including fatal events, has occurred in patients with previously treated CLL with high tumor burden when treated with VENCLYXTO. VENCLYXTO poses a risk for TLS in the initial 5-week dose-titration phase. Changes in electrolytes consistent with TLS that require prompt management can occur as early as 6 to 8 hours following the first dose of VENCLYXTO and at each dose increase. Patients should be assessed for risk and should receive appropriate prophylaxis, monitoring, and management for TLS.

Neutropenia (grade 3 or 4) has been reported and complete blood counts should be monitored throughout the treatment period. Serious infections including events of sepsis with fatal outcome have been reported. Supportive measures including antimicrobials for any signs of infection should be considered.

Live vaccines should not be administered during treatment or thereafter until B-cell recovery.

Drug Interactions
CYP3A inhibitors may increase VENCLYXTO plasma concentrations. At initiation and dose-titration phase: Strong CYP3A inhibitors are contraindicated due to increased risk for TLS and moderate CYP3A inhibitors should be avoided. If moderate CYP3A inhibitors must be used, physicians should refer to the SmPC for dose adjustment recommendations. At steady daily dose: If moderate or strong CYP3A inhibitors must be used, physicians should refer to the SmPC for dose adjustment recommendations.

Avoid concomitant use of P-gp and BCRP inhibitors at initiation and during the dose titration phase.

CYP3A4 inducers may decrease VENCLYXTO plasma concentrations. Avoid coadministration with strong or moderate CYP3A inducers. These agents may decrease venetoclax plasma concentrations. 

Co-administration of bile acid sequestrants with VENCLYXTO is not recommended as this may reduce the absorption of VENCLYXTO.

Adverse Reactions
The most commonly occurring adverse reactions (>=20%) of any grade in patients receiving venetoclax in the combination study with rituximab were neutropenia, diarrhea, and upper respiratory tract infection. In the monotherapy studies, the most common adverse reactions were neutropenia/neutrophil count decreased, diarrhea, nausea, anemia, fatigue, and upper respiratory tract infection.

The most frequently occurring serious adverse reactions (>=2%) in patients receiving venetoclax in combination with rituximab or as monotherapy were pneumonia, febrile neutropenia and TLS.

Discontinuation due to adverse reactions occurred in 16% of patients receiving venetoclax plus rituximab and 9% receiving venetoclax monotherapy.  Dosage adjustments due to adverse reactions occurred in 15% of patients receiving venetoclax plus rituximab and 2% receiving venetoclax monotherapy. Dose interruptions occurred in 71% of patients treated with the combination of venetoclax and rituximab. 

Specific Populations
Patients with reduced renal function (CrCl <80 mL/min) may require more intensive prophylaxis and monitoring to reduce the risk of TLS. Safety in patients with severe renal impairment (CrCl <30 mL/min) or on dialysis has not been established, and a recommended dose for these patients has not been determined. For patients with severe (Child-Pugh C) hepatic impairment, a dose reduction of at least 50% throughout treatment is recommended.

VENCLYXTO may cause embryo-fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise nursing women to discontinue breastfeeding during treatment.

This is not a complete summary of all safety information. See VENCLYXTO full summary of product characteristics (SmPC) at www.ema.europa.eu. Globally, prescribing information varies; refer to the individual country product label for complete information.

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