Class/mechanism: Monoclonal antibody that inhibits angiogenesis by binding VEGF and preventing the interaction of VEGF with its receptors (Flt-1 and KDR) on the surface of endothelial cells.
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Diseases for which it is used
- Adenocarcinoma of unknown primary
- Anaplastic glioma
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Follicular lymphoma
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic NET
- Renal cell carcinoma
- Small cell lung cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Vascular sarcoma
Information about counterfeit bevacizumab
- FDA's 2/14/2012 statement about counterfeit Avastin in U.S.
- Genentech's 2/14/2012 statement on counterfeit drug labeled as Avastin (Bevacizumab) in the United States - contains pictures of authentic and counterfeit product
- Authorized specialty distributors, wholesalers and specialty pharmacies for Bevacizumab (Avastin)
Patient drug information
- Bevacizumab (Avastin) patient drug information (Chemocare)
- Brief patient counseling information can be found in the package insert
- Bevacizumab (Avastin) patient drug information (UpToDate)
History of changes in FDA indication
- 2/26/2004: Initial FDA approval, "in combination with intravenous 5-fluorouracil–based chemotherapy...for first- line treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum."
- Subsequently FDA approved for:
- "Metastatic colorectal cancer, with intravenous 5-fluorouracil–based chemotherapy for first- or second-line treatment."
- "Metastatic colorectal cancer, with fluoropyrimidine-irinotecan- or fluoropyrimidine-oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy for second-line treatment in patients who have progressed on a first-line Avastin containing regimen."
- "Non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer, with carboplatin and paclitaxel for first line treatment of unresectable, locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic disease."
- "Glioblastoma, as a single agent for adult patients with progressive disease following prior therapy."
- "Metastatic renal cell carcinoma with interferon alfa."
- 8/14/2014: FDA approved for treatment of "cervical cancer, in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or paclitaxel and topotecan in persistent, recurrent, or metastatic disease."
- 11/14/2014: FDA approved for treatment of "Platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer, in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin or topotecan."
- 6/13/2018: FDA approved "for patients with epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by single-agent bevacizumab, for stage III or IV disease after initial surgical resection."
Also known as
- Generic name: rhuMab-VEGF
- Brand names: Altuzan, Avastin, BevaciRel, Bevarest