Novartis’ Gleevec lowers risk of leukemia progression in study
The study, presented at the American Society of Hematology meeting in Atlanta, comprises 1,106 patients newly diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia. It also showed that after 54 months, more than 90% of patients receiving Gleevec were still alive. Chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML, is a slowly progressing cancer that makes the body produce too many cancerous myeloid white blood cells.
Gleevec is Novartis' second-best selling product behind high-blood pressure treatment Diovan.
Sales of Gleevec rose 35% in the nine months to Sept. 30, to $1.6 billion.