Ramucirumab (Cyramza)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Recombinant human IgG1 monoclonal antibody, VEGFR2 (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2) antagonist. Ramucirumab binds VEGFR2 and blocks VEGFR ligands, VEGF-A, VEGF-C, and VEGF-D, which inhibits angiogenesis.[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

Colon cancer

Gastric cancer

Hepatocellular carcinoma

  • 5/10/2019: Approved as a single agent for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients who have an alpha fetoprotein (AFP) of at least 400 ng/mL and have been previously treated with sorafenib. (New disease approval)

Non-small cell lung cancer

Also known as

  • Code names: IMC-1121B, LY3009806
  • Brand name: Cyramza

References