|Venetoclax (in combination with and in comparison with currently approved anti-neoplastics) was assessed in Phase III clinical trials as a potential treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). See NCT02005471 and NCT02242942 for full details.
In January 2016, the US FDA granted venetoclax (in combination with hypomethylating agents) breakthrough designation as a first-line treatment for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are ineligible to receive high-dose chemotherapy.
Full marketing authorisation: In April 2016, the US FDA granted full approval for venetoclax as an oral treatment regimen for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion (or TP53 mutation) (detected by an FDA-approved test), who have received at least one prior therapy. EMA approval followed in December 2016. In June 2018, the FDA expanded approval to include treatment of both CLL and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion in patients who have received at least one prior therapy. This approval is for a combined regimen using venetoclax plus the anti-CD20 monoclonal rituximab , and offers a chemotherapy-free option for CLL patients. Venetoclax plus anti-CD20 obinutuzumab gained FDA approval for use in adults with CLL or SLL in May 2019, based on results from the CLL14 trial (NCT02242942).