FLINT, Mich. – April 19, 2016 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy has been named a Preferred Vendor for limited-distribution drug VENCLEXTA™ (venetoclax).

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is now filling prescriptions for VENCLEXTA™ (venetoclax). VENCLEXTA™ was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy, including those with 17p deletion.

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CLL is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. CLL is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults, accounting for about one-quarter of the new cases of leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated 18,960 people will be diagnosed with CLL in the United States in 2016. It often occurs during or after middle age; rarely occurring in children. The average age at the time of diagnosis is around 71 years.

CLL is a slow-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow that is generally considered incurable and is one of the most common adult leukemia’s in the world. In certain cases of CLL, a part of chromosome 17 is lost and along with it an important gene that controls apoptosis called p53. The 17p deletion is found in 3 to 10 percent of previously untreated cases and approximately 30 to 50 percent of relapsed or refractory cases.

“We are extremely excited to be able to offer a treatment option for our patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia,” said Gary Kadlec, Diplomat president. “VENCLEXTA™ represents a major achievement in drug development and an important option for patients with this disease.”

VENCLEXTA™ is a small molecule inhibitor of the BCL-2 protein. VENCLEXTA™ has a distinct mechanism of action; it targets BCL-2, a protein central to the survival of CLL cells.

VENCLEXTA™ is being developed by AbbVie in partnership with Genentech and Roche. Click here for complete VENCLEXTA™ prescribing information.

 

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