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
- Carcinoma of unknown primary
- Anaplastic glioma
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Follicular lymphoma
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Kaposi sarcoma
- Neuroendocrine tumor
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic NET
- Renal cell carcinoma
- Small cell lung cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Endometrial 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
- 2/22/2008: Granted accelerated approval for use in combination with paclitaxel for the treatment of patients who have not received chemotherapy for metastatic HER2 negative breast cancer. (New disease entity; based on ECOG E2100)
- 8/14/2014: Approved for treatment of cervical cancer, in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or paclitaxel and topotecan in persistent, recurrent, or metastatic disease. (New disease entity)
- 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.
- 6/20/2006: Approved for second-line treatment of metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum. (New treatment setting without requirement for combination therapy)
- 1/23/2013: Approved for use in combination with fluoropyrimidine-irinotecan or fluoropyrimidine-oxaliplatin based chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) whose disease has progressed on a first-line bevacizumab-containing regimen.
- Metastatic colorectal cancer, with intravenous 5-fluorouracil–based chemotherapy for first- or second-line treatment.
- 5/5/2009: Granted accelerated approval as a single agent for patients with glioblastoma, with progressive disease following prior therapy. (New disease entity)
- 5/29/2020: Approved in combination with atezolizumab for patients with unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma who have not received prior systemic therapy. (New disease entity)
- 10/11/2006: Approved as a first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced, metastatic or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy. (New disease entity)
- 11/14/2014: Approved for treatment of platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer, in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin or topotecan. (New disease entity)
- 12/6/2016: Approved for recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer that is platinum-sensitive in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel or in combination with carboplatin and gemcitabine, followed by Avastin as a single agent. (Based on NRG/GOG-0213 and OCEANS)
- 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. (Indication expanded to first-line setting; based on GOG-0218)
- 7/31/2009: Approved in combination with interferon alfa for the treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. (New disease entity)
Also known as
- Generic name: rhuMab-VEGF
- Brand names: Altuzan, Avastin, BevaciRel, Bevarest