Ibritumomab tiuxetan (Zevalin)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Anti-CD20 antibody chelated by tiuxetan to a radioactive agent (Y-90, yttrium-90; or In-111, indium-111). Y-90 emits beta radiation, which causes cellular damage via free radicals. This results in damage to cells which express the CD20 antigen (human B-lymphocyte-restricted differentiation antigen, Bp35).[1][2][3]
Route: IV
Extravasation: potential vesicant

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Diseases for which it is used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 2/19/2002: Granted FDA accelerated approval for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory low-grade, follicular, or transformed B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, including patients with Rituximab (Rituxan) refractory follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • 9/3/2009: Granted FDA full approval; label expanded for the treatment of previously untreated follicular NHL in patients who achieve a partial or complete response to first-line chemotherapy.

Also known as

  • Brand name: Zevalin