VELCADE is being co-developed by Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Millennium is responsible for commercialization of VELCADE in the U.S., Janssen-Cilag is responsible for commercialization in Europe and the rest of the world. Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K. is responsible for commercialization in Japan. For a limited period of time, Millennium and Ortho Biotech Inc. currently co-promote VELCADE in the U.S. VELCADE is approved in 85 countries worldwide. More than 85,000 patients have been treated with VELCADE globally.
In the U.S., VELCADE is indicated for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy. VELCADE is indicated for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least one prior therapy. VELCADE is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to bortezomib, boron, or mannitol. VELCADE should be administered under the supervision of a physician experienced in the use of antineoplastic therapy. In the European Union and many other countries worldwide, VELCADE is approved for patients with multiple myeloma after first relapse.
Risks associated with VELCADE therapy include new or worsening
peripheral neuropathy, hypotension observed throughout therapy, cardiac and
pulmonary disorders, gastrointestinal adverse events, thrombocytopenia,
neutropenia and tumor lysis syndrome. Women of childbearing potential
should avoid becoming pregnant while being treated with VELCADE. Cases of
severe sensory and motor peripheral neuropathy have been reported. The
long-term outcome of peripheral neuropathy has not been studied in mantle
cell lymphoma. Acute development or exacerbation of congestive heart
failure, and/or new onset of decreased left ventricular ejection fraction
has been reported, including reports in patient
|SOURCE Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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