J and J gets green light for front-line Velcade in EU

New Drug Approvals


Johnson & Johnson’s multiple myeloma treatment Velcade has been cleared as a first-line therapy in the EU, boosting the number of patients eligible for treatment with the drug.

The European Commission gave the go-ahead for Velcade (bortezomib) as induction therapy in combination with dexamethasone and thalidomide in previously-untreated multiple myeloma patients who are eligible for high-dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.


Bortezomib bound to the core particle in a yeast proteasome. The bortezomib molecule is in the center colored by atom type (boron = pink, carbon = cyan, nitrogen = blue, oxygen = red), surrounded by the local protein surface. The blue patch is catalyticthreonine residue whose activity is blocked by the presence of bortezomib.

Bortezomib (INN, originally codenamed PS-341; marketed as Velcade by Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Bortecad by Cadila Healthcare) is the first therapeutic proteasome inhibitor to be tested in humans…

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