FDA grants orphan-drug review status to Biogen leukemia drug

02/7/2007 | San Diego Union-Tribune

The FDA granted Biogen Idec orphan-drug status and accelerated review of its leukemia drug, lumiliximab, for treating the relatively rare chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The drug is in a Phase III trial comparing its use in combination with chemotherapy and the firm's Rituxan against just the combination of Rituxan and chemotherapy.

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