FDA approves Imbruvica (ibrutinib) for MCL
The FDA approved Pharmacyclics/Janssen's mantle cell lymphoma drug Imbruvica Wednesday. This was one of the early drugs to receive the FDA's breakthrough therapy designation to help speed it through the review process.
Roche's Gazyva, approved last week, was the first breakthrough-status drug to get approved. It's indicated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Imbruvica was also granted breakthrough therapy status for CL/small lymphocytic lymphoma with deletion of the short arm of chromosome 17 and Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia.