Class/mechanism: Recombinant human IgG1 EGFR monoclonal antibody. Necitumumab binds to the human epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) prevents it from binding to its ligands. This interferes with EGFR's effects on growth of malignant cells, angiogenesis, and inhibition of apoptosis. In vitro, necitumumab has been observed to cause antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) in cells which express EGFR, induce the internalization of EGFR, and lead to its degradation.
Extravasation: no information
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Patient drug information
History of changes in FDA indication
- 11/24/2015: FDA approved to be used in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin, for first-line treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer. (Based on SQUIRE)
History of changes in EMA indication
- 2/15/2016: Initial authorization for the treatment of squamous non-small cell lung cancer.
- 2/18/2021: Authorization withdrawn at the request of the manufacturer, for commercial reasons
Also known as
- Code name: IMC-11F8
- Brand name: Portrazza