Ipilimumab (Yervoy)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Anti-CTLA-4 antibody. CTLA-4 is a negative regulator of T-cell activation and ipilimumab interferes with the ability of CTLA-4 to interact with its ligands CD80/CD86. CTLA-4 blockade results in T-cell activation and proliferation, and it is suspected that its anti-neoplastic activity may be due to T-cell mediated anti-tumor immune responses.[1][2][3]
Route: IV
Extravasation: no information

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Diseases for which it is used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 3/25/2011: FDA approved "for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma."
  • 10/28/2015: FDA approved for "adjuvant treatment of patients with cutaneous melanoma with pathologic involvement of regional lymph nodes of more than 1 mm who have undergone complete resection, including total lymphadenectomy."
  • 4/16/2018: FDA approved to be used in combination with Nivolumab (Opdivo) "for the treatment of intermediate or poor risk, previously untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma.
  • Indicated for treatment of adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) metastatic colorectal cancer that has progressed following treatment with a fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan, in combination with nivolumab.

Also known as

  • Code names: BMS-734016, MDX-010
  • Brand name: Yervoy