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VELCADE(R) (Bortezomib) for Injection Based Treatment Delivers Impressive Complete Response and Survival in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma
Date:5/31/2008

-- IFM presents updated results from Phase III clinical trial --

CHICAGO, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Millennium Pharmaceuticals, The Takeda Oncology Company, today announced the presentation of updated results from a 482 patient, multi-center, randomized Phase III clinical trial, comparing VELCADE and dexamethasone (VcD) to vincristine, adriamycin and dexamethasone (VAD). Results showed high complete remission (CR) rates of 19 percent in the VcD arm as induction therapy and 35 percent post-transplantation. These high CR rates contributed to 141 patients not requiring a second transplant. In addition, data showed 95 percent of patients in the VcD arm were alive at one year. The study was conducted by the Intergroupe Francophone du Myelome (IFM) cooperative group and Nantes University Hospital (France) and selected for an oral presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, May 30 - June 3, 2008.

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"These updated results clearly confirm that the high CR rates with induction therapy improved post-transplantation outcomes, including a decrease in the need for second transplantation," said Professor Harousseau, M.D., Hotel-Dieu Hospital. "We also are encouraged by the promising survival data already seen to date. This VELCADE based therapy now could be considered the standard induction treatment pre-transplant to which other regimens, including novel agents, should be studied against."

VELCADE is under priority review with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for potential approval in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. The PDUFA date is June 20, 2008. VELCADE is the market leader in relapsed multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

"These data, as well as the results from multiple clinical trials continue to demonstrate the abili
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