Janssen looks to win new indication in Europe for Imbruvica for untreated mantle cell lymphoma 

Johnson & Johnson‘s Janssen unit (NYSE:JNJ) has filed a submission of a Type II variation application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the potential approval of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) with bendamustine and rituximab (BR) to treat adults with previously untreated mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

The indication would cover patients who are not suitable for autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT).

Bendamustine is a chemotherapy drug while and rituximab is a monoclonal antibody that slows or stops cancer growth.

JNJ shares ticked up 0.38% to $169.36 today.

Ibrutinib was jointly developed by J&J’s Janssen Biotech unit and Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company.

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In the U.S, the drug first won approval for mantle cell lymphoma in 2013. The drug has won a series of new indications since then.

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