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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Accepts for Priority Review Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Application for Sprycel (dasatinib) in Children with Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Chronic Phase Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to include an indication for Sprycel (dasatinib) to treat children with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic phase (CP) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), as well as a powder for oral suspension (PFOS) formulation of Sprycel. The application is under priority review with an action date of November 9, 2017.

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“Today's news reinforces our commitment to addressing the unique and often unmet needs of pediatric oncology patients, including children with newly diagnosed and imatinib intolerant or resistant CML,” said Murdo Gordon, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Sprycel also has the potential to be the first drug in its class approved for pediatric use with an oral solution.”

The sNDA includes data from CA180-226 (NCT00777036), an ongoing Phase 2, open-label, non-randomized trial studying Sprycel in pediatric patients with CP-CML that are resistant to or intolerant of imatinib and in pediatric patients newly diagnosed with CP-CML. The efficacy endpoints included cumulative major cytogenetic response rate among imatinib-resistant or intolerant patients and cumulative complete cytogenetic response rate in newly diagnosed patients. Additional efficacy measures were time to and duration of response, progression-free survival, overall survival and major molecular response. Safety was also assessed.

Data from this study were shared in oral presentations at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2017 in Chicago on June 5 and the 22nd Congress of the European Hematology Association on June 24.

About Sprycel

Sprycel first received FDA approval in 2006 for the treatment of adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase (CP) who are resistant or intolerant to prior therapy including imatinib. At that time, Sprycel was also approved for adults with Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who are resistant or intolerant to prior therapy. Sprycel is approved and marketed worldwide for these indications in more than 60 countries.

Sprycel is also an FDA-approved treatment for adults with newly diagnosed CP Ph+ CML (since October 2010). Sprycel received accelerated FDA approval for this indication. This indication is approved in more than 50 countries.


SPRYCEL® (dasatinib) is indicated for the treatment of adults with:

  • Newly diagnosed adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase.
  • Chronic, accelerated, or myeloid or lymphoid blast phase Ph+ CML with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy including imatinib.
  • Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL) with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy.



Treatment with SPRYCEL is associated with severe (NCI CTC Grade 3/4) thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, and anemia, which occur earlier and more frequently in patients with advanced phase CML or Ph+ ALL than in patients with chronic phase CML. Myelosuppression was reported in patients with normal baseline laboratory values as well as in patients with pre-existing laboratory abnormalities.

  • In patients with chronic phase CML, perform complete blood counts (CBCs) every 2 weeks for 12 weeks, then every 3 months thereafter, or as clinically indicated
  • In patients with advanced phase CML or Ph+ ALL, perform CBCs weekly for the first 2 months and then monthly thereafter, or as clinically indicated
  • Myelosuppression is generally reversible and usually managed by withholding SPRYCEL temporarily and/or dose reduction
    • In clinical studies, myelosuppression may have also been managed by discontinuation of study therapy
    • Hematopoietic growth factor has been used in patients with resistant myelosuppression

Bleeding-Related Events

SPRYCEL caused thrombocytopenia in human subjects. In addition, dasatinib caused platelet dysfunction in vitro. In all CML or Ph+ ALL clinical studies, ≥grade 3 central nervous system (CNS) hemorrhages, including fatalities, occurred in <1% of patients receiving SPRYCEL. Grade 3 or greater gastrointestinal hemorrhage, including fatalities, occurred in 4% of patients and generally required treatment interruptions and transfusions. Other cases of ≥grade 3 hemorrhage occurred in 2% of patients.

  • Most bleeding events in clinical studies were associated with severe thrombocytopenia
  • Concomitant medications that inhibit platelet function or anticoagulants may increase the risk of hemorrhage

Fluid Retention

SPRYCEL may cause fluid retention. After 5 years of follow-up in the randomized newly diagnosed chronic phase CML study (n=258), grade 3/4 fluid retention was reported in 5% of patients, including 3% of patients with grade 3/4 pleural effusion. In patients with newly diagnosed or imatinib resistant or intolerant chronic phase CML, grade 3/4 fluid retention occurred in 6% of patients treated with SPRYCEL at the recommended dose (n=548). In patients with advanced phase CML or Ph+ ALL treated with SPRYCEL at the recommended dose (n=304), grade 3/4...