Class/mechanism: Recombinant human IgG1 monoclonal antibody, VEGFR2 (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2) antagonist. Ramucirumab binds VEGFR2 and blocks VEGFR ligands, VEGF-A, VEGF-C, and VEGF-D, which inhibits angiogenesis.
Extravasation: no information
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History of changes in FDA indication
- 4/24/2015: Approved in combination with FOLFIRI, for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer with disease progression on or after prior therapy with bevacizumab, oxaliplatin, and a fluoropyrimidine. (New disease approval)
- 4/21/2014: Initial approval for the treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic, gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma with disease progression on or after prior treatment with fluoropyrimidine- or platinum- containing chemotherapy.
- 11/5/2014: Approval and indication expanded for use in combination with paclitaxel for the treatment of patients with advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma. (Requirement for prior lines of treatment removed)
- 5/10/2019: Approved as a single agent for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients who have an alpha fetoprotein (AFP) of at least 400 ng/mL and have been previously treated with sorafenib. (New disease approval)
- 12/12/2014: Approved for use in combination with docetaxel for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with disease progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy. (New disease approval)
- 5/29/2020: Approved in combination with erlotinib for first-line treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) mutations. (Approval expanded to first-line setting in EGFR+ NSCLC)
Also known as
- Code names: IMC-1121B, LY3009806
- Brand name: Cyramza