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AbbVie receives draft NICE guidance on VENCLYXTO®▼(venetoclax) plus rituximab for treating relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Press Release   •   Oct 26, 2018 14:59 BST

MAIDENHEAD, Friday 26th October 2018 – AbbVie today received the draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) not recommending venetoclax plus rituximab for the treatment of relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in adults.

Jérôme Bouyer, General Manager, AbbVie UK, said: “We are disappointed with the outcome of the draft decision, however this is not the final step in the appraisal and we are pleased NICE has recognised that venetoclax plus rituximab could be an important treatment option with an acceptable safety profile. We are also pleased to learn that patient experts would welcome a therapy with a fixed treatment duration in this setting. We remain committed to ensuring that patients with relapsed or refractory CLL have access to an important chemotherapy-free option.”

“Our priority now will be to work collaboratively with NICE to ensure they have all the necessary data to inform a robust evaluation and our aim remains to facilitate NHS access to venetoclax plus rituximab as quickly as possible via routine commissioning or the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).”

Over 3,500 people are diagnosed with CLL in the UK each year and the incidence has risen by 18% in less than 30 years.1 For those patients living with CLL requiringtreatment, the majority will eventually have their disease recur.2

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For venetoclax’s Summary of Product Characteristics, please visit: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/32650.

For the CHMP positive opinion for venetoclax in combination with rituximab, please visit:

https://www.ema.europa.eu/documents/smop/chmp-summary-positive-opinion-venclyxto-ii/08_en.pdf

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References

1 Cancer Research UK. Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) incidence statistics. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/leukaemia-cll/incidence. Accessed: October 2018

2 American Cancer Society. (2013) Leukemia – Chronic Lymphocytic. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia.html. Accessed October 2018