This medicine is authorised for use in the European Union.


MabThera is a medicine used to treat the following blood cancers and inflammatory conditions:

  • follicular lymphoma and diffuse large B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (two types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer);
  • chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL, another blood cancer affecting white blood cells);
  • severe rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory condition of the joints);
  • two inflammatory conditions of blood vessels known as granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA or Wegener’s granulomatosis) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA);
  • moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris, an autoimmune disease characterised by widespread blistering and erosion of the skin and mucous membranes (the linings of internal organs). ‘Autoimmune’ means that the disease is caused by the immune system (the body’s natural defences) attacking the body’s own cells.

Depending on the condition it is used to treat, MabThera may be given on its own, or with chemotherapy, methotrexate or a corticosteroid. MabThera contains the active substance rituximab.

This EPAR was last updated on 12/02/2020

Authorisation details

Product details
Agency product number
Active substance
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
Therapeutic area (MeSH)
  • Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code
Publication details
Marketing-authorisation holder
Roche Registration GmbH
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union
Contact address

Emil-Barell-Strasse 1
79639 Grenzach-Wyhlen

Product information

30/07/2019 MabThera - EMEA/H/C/000165 - IB/0167


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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Antineoplastic agents

Therapeutic indication

MabThera is indicated in adults for the following indications:

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

MabThera is indicated for the treatment of previously untreated patients with stage-III-IV follicular lymphoma in combination with chemotherapy.

MabThera maintenance therapy is indicated for the treatment of follicular lymphoma patients responding to induction therapy.

MabThera monotherapy is indicated for treatment of patients with stage-III-IV follicular lymphoma who are chemoresistant or are in their second or subsequent relapse after chemotherapy.

MabThera is indicated for the treatment of patients with CD20-positive diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in combination with CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisolone) chemotherapy.

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

MabThera in combination with chemotherapy is indicated for the treatment of patients with previously untreated and relapsed / refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Only limited data are available on efficacy and safety for patients previously treated with monoclonal antibodies including MabThera or patients refractory to previous MabThera plus chemotherapy.

Rheumatoid arthritis

MabThera in combination with methotrexate is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with severe active rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) including one or more tumour-necrosis-factor (TNF)-inhibitor therapies.

MabThera has been shown to reduce the rate of progression of joint damage as measured by X-ray and to improve physical function, when given in combination with methotrexate.

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis 

MabThera, in combination with glucocorticoids, is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with severe, active granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s) (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA).

Pemphigus vulgaris

MabThera is indicated for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris (PV).

Assessment history

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

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