GAZYVA® plus LEUKERAN® – A new option for elderly patients with CLL

December 5th, 2013

Obinutuzumab or GAZYVA® (GA101) is glycoengineered, fully humanized, third generation, type II anti-CD20 antibody (IgG1 monoclonal antibody) that selectivity binds to the extracellular domain of the CD20 antigen on malignant human B cells. It has enhanced antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and strong apoptosis-inducing activity. In contrast, RITUXAN® (Rituximab) is a first generation chimeric anti-CD20 targeted monoclonal antibody. In a phase III trial, a combination of GAZYVA® plus LEUKERAN® (Chlorambucil), significantly improved Progression Free Survival in elderly patients with CLL compared to RITUXAN® plus LEUKERAN®. This study gives new life to LEUKERAN® when given in combination with CD20 targeted monoclonal antibodies and may be of value when treating elderly patients with comorbid conditions. This data was presented at the 2013 ASCO meeting.