VIDAZA® Treatment for MDSa

Improved Survival Regardless of Age

Treatment of older patients with VIDAZA®

The median age of diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) is 70+.1 Survival without active treatment is short in higher-risk MDS; age makes no substantial difference.2,3

Age-related Median Survival of Untreated Higher-risk MDS

Older patients with a good performance status can benefit from active treatment.4

Treatment approach should take into account the patient and the disease: IPSS prognosis, marrow blast counts, cytogenetics, cytopenias, transfusional history. The decision to treat should be based on functional rather than chronological age.5

“Advanced age should not exclude a patient with MDS from appropriate treatment…. Age alone should not be considered a surrogate marker for functional decline or comorbidities.”1

– Stauder et al.

VIDAZA® is the first and only agent proven to improve overall survival vs. CCR in patients ?75 years old4

Overall Survival in Patients ? 75 Years of Age: AZA vs CCR

In patients ?75 years of age, OS rates at 2 years were significantly higher with VIDAZA® vs. CCR; 55% vs. 15%, respectively (p=0.001). After two years:4

Vidaza vs CCR

VIDAZA® is generally well tolerated in this elderly population, with discontinuations due to an adverse event occurring in 13% of VIDAZA® patients vs. 8% of CCR patients.4 For more on Adverse Events, visit Adverse Events Management and Monitoring.

Find out more about clinical trial results.

  1. Stauder R et al. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2008. 6: 927-934.
  2. Greenberg P et al. Blood 1997. 89: 2079-88.
  3. Nosslinger T et al. Ann Oncol.2010. 21: 120-5.
  4. Seymour JF et al. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 2010. 76: 218-227.
  5. Pallis AG et al. Eur J Cancer 2010. 46: 1502-1513.
a. MDS-specific Indication

VIDAZA® is indicated for the treatment of adult patients who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation with:

  • intermediate-2 and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) according to the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS),
  • chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML) with 10-29% marrow blasts without myeloproliferative disorder
b. AML-specific Indication:

Treatment of adult AML patients who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation with 20-30% blasts and multi-lineage dysplasia, according to the WHO classification. WHO classifies RAEB-T patients with blasts ?20% to <30% as AML patients.


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