FDA Approves Mvasi, a Biosimilar of Avastin Co-developed by Amgen, Allergan

September 22, 2017: By Jon Swedien

Allergan AmgenAmgen and Allergan announced Sept. 14 that the US FDA has approved Mvasi, the companies’ biosimilar version of Roche’s Avastin.

Avastin (bevacizumab), an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor marketed by Roche’s Genentech division, is indicated for various cancers and is used off label to treat retinal disease.

Mvasi is the first anti-cancer biosimilar drug and first biosimilar of Avastin approved in the US, the companies said.

Mvasi has received FDA approval for squamous non-small cell lung cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, metastatic renal cell carcinoma, and persistent, recurrent, or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix.

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