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European Commission Approves Amgen And Allergan's MVASI® (Biosimilar Bevacizumab) For The Treatment Of Certain Types Of Cancer

19 Jan 18

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) and Allergan plc. (NYSE: AGN) today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for MVASI® (biosimilar bevacizumab). MVASI is the first biosimilar bevacizumab approved by the EC and is approved for the treatment of certain types of cancers, including in combination with fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy for metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum; in combination with paclitaxel for metastatic breast cancer; in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy for unresectable advanced, metastatic or recurrent non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); in combination with erlotinib for unresectable advanced, metastatic or recurrent non-squamous NSCLC; in combination with interferon alfa-2a for advanced and/or metastatic renal cell cancer; in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, carboplatin and gemcitabine, and paclitaxel, topotecan, or pegylated liposomal doxorubicin for advanced, platinum-sensitive, or platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer; and in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin, or alternatively, paclitaxel and topotecan for persistent, recurrent, or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix.

"The European Commission's approval of MVASI marks a significant milestone for both Amgen and the oncology community, providing a biosimilar for a medicine which is used across multiple types of cancer," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "MVASI is the first targeted cancer biosimilar from Amgen's portfolio approved in Europe, underscoring our commitment to delivering high-quality medicines that address some of the most serious illnesses."

Amgen and Allergan are committed to developing high-quality biosimilars with a robust analytic and clinical package. The EC approved MVASI based on a comprehensive data package that demonstrated MVASI and bevacizumab are highly similar, with no clinically meaningful differences in terms of the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity between the products. Clinical studies included results from a Phase 3 trial in patients with non-squamous NSCLC.

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