Accelerated Approval Granted to Venclexta Tablets in CLL
FDA granted accelerated approval to Venclexta tablets (venetoclax) for patients diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia with 17p deletion, as detected by an FDA-approved test, who have received at least one prior therapy.
The indication was approved based on overall response rate, and continued approval may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial.
The FDA approved Venclexta as a first-in-class, oral, once-daily medicine that selectively inhibits the BCL-2 protein. The BCL-2 protein blocks apoptosis of cells, including some cancer cells, and can be overexpressed in CLL cells.