pCODR Final Recommendation Issued for ibrutinib (Imbruvica) for First-line Treatment of CLL

On November 3, 2016, the pCODR Expert Review Committee (pERC) issued a final recommendation for ibrutinib (Imbruvica) for first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

pERC recommends reimbursement of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) as an option for the treatment of patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic leukemia (SLL) for whom fludarabine-based treatment is considered inappropriate, conditional on the cost-effectiveness being improved to an acceptable level. Treatment should be for patients with a good performance status and until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

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Lymphoma Canada thanks all those who completed surveys or participated in interviews to appeal to the provincial governments to provide funding for this important treatment.

About pCODR

Once Health Canada has approved a cancer drug for use in Canada, the country's provinces and territories must decide if the drug will be eligible for public reimbursement. The CADTH pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) plays an important role in their decision-making processes.

pCODR conducts thorough and objective evaluations of clinical, economic, and patient evidence on cancer drugs, and uses this evaluation to make recommendations to the provinces and territories in Canada to help them decide whether they will provide funding for new cancer treatments.

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