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Originally published July 29.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an expanded indication for the leukemia drug Imbruvica (ibrutinib) as a treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients who harbor a deletion in chromosome 17.

According to Samina Bari, a spokesperson for drug sponsor Pharmacyclics, Imbruvica is the first FDA-approved drug for CLL patients with 17p deletions, a subset in which there is high unmet need in terms of viable treatments.

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