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Leuk Lymphoma. 2014 Dec;55(12):2830-4. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2014.904508. Epub 2014 Apr 22.

Prospective single-center study of chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase: switching from branded imatinib to a copy drug and back.

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The National Center of Hematology , Baghdad , Iraq.


Imatinib (Glivec(®)/Gleevec(®)) has shown long-term efficacy and safety in randomized trials. No large-scale studies have prospectively assessed the benefit-risk profile of an imatinib copy drug. We prospectively evaluated the response of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase in one institution. Patients with a complete hematologic response (n = 126) switched from branded imatinib to an imatinib copy drug. Subsequently, all patients switched back to the branded imatinib. Many patients in this study had a loss of hematologic response and tolerability issues with the imatinib copy drug. Hematologic response and tolerability improved upon retreatment with branded Glivec.


Glivec/Gleevec; Imatib; Imatinib; chronic myeloid leukemia; complete hematologic response; copy drug

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