Imatinib medac



This medicine is now withdrawn from use in the European Union.


The marketing authorisation for Imatinib Medac has been withdrawn at the request of the marketing authorisation holder.

This EPAR was last updated on 16/10/2019

Authorisation details

Product details
Imatinib medac
Agency product number
Active substance
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
Therapeutic area (MeSH)
  • Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma
  • Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
  • Myelodysplastic-Myeloproliferative Diseases
  • Hypereosinophilic Syndrome
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code

This is a generic medicine, which is developed to be the same as a medicine that has already been authorised, called the reference medicine. A generic medicine contains the same active substance(s) as the reference medicine, and is used at the same dose(s) to treat the same disease(s). For more information, see Generic and hybrid medicines.

Publication details
Marketing-authorisation holder
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union
Contact address
Gesellschaft fuer Spezialpraeparaten mbH
Theater strasse 6
22880 Wedel

Product information

11/04/2018 Imatinib medac - EMEA/H/C/002692 - IB/0009


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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Protein kinase inhibitors

Therapeutic indication

Imatinib medac is indicated for the treatment of:

  • paediatric patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome (bcr-abl) positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) for whom bone marrow transplantation is not considered as the first line of treatment;
  • paediatric patients with Ph+CML in chronic phase after failure of interferon-alpha therapy, or in accelerated phase;
  • adult and paediatric patients with Ph+CML in blast crisis;
  • adult and paediatric patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Ph+ALL) integrated with chemotherapy;
  • adult patients with relapsed or refractory Ph+ALL as monotherapy;
  • adult patients with myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases (MDS/MPD) associated with platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) gene re-arrangements;
  • adult patients with advanced hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) and/or chronic eosinophilic leukaemia (CEL) with FIP1L1-PDGFRα rearrangement;
  • adult patients with unresectable dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) and adult patients with recurrent and/or metastatic DFSP who are not eligible for surgery.

The effect of imatinib on the outcome of bone marrow transplantation has not been determined.

In adult and paediatric patients, the effectiveness of imatinib is based on overall haematological and cytogenetic response rates and progression-free survival in CML, on haematological and cytogenetic response rates in Ph+ALL, MDS/MPD, on haematological response rates in HES/CEL and on objective response rates in adult patients with unresectable and/or metastatic DFSP.

The experience with imatinib in patients with MDS/MPD associated with PDGFR gene re-arrangements is very limited. Except in newly diagnosed chronic phase CML, there are no controlled trials demonstrating a clinical benefit or increased survival for these diseases.

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