PHARMACY

Pfizer gets FDA nod for biosimilar Avastin

BY Sandra Levy

Pfizer has received the Food and Drug Administration’s blessing for Zirabev (bevacizumab-bvzr).

The product, which is a biosimilar of Genentech’s Avastin (bevacizumab), is indicated for the treatment of five types of cancer: metastatic colorectal cancer; unresectable, locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer; recurrent glioblastoma; metastatic renal cell carcinoma; and persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer.

“Biosimilars like Ziravev can help increase access to impactful therapies, driving market competition that may ultimately lower costs and help address the diverse needs of patients living with cancer,” Pfizer Oncology global president Andy Schmeltz said. “We are proud to add Zirabev to our growing oncology portfolio for U.S. patients living with a wide variety of tumor types.”

“Zirabev represents a welcome addition to the treatment armamentarium in its approved indications, potentially providing physicians with a medicine that has a similar safety profile and efficacy as the reference product,” said Niels Reinmuth, department of thoracic oncology, Asklepios Lung Clinic, Munich-Gauting, Germany and lead author of the REFLECTIONS B7391003 study.

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