Zirabev is a cancer medicine that is used to treat adults with the following cancers:
- cancer of the colon (large bowel) or the rectum (the last section of the bowel), when it has spread to other parts of the body;
- breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body;
- a lung cancer called non-small cell lung cancer when it is advanced or has spread or come back, and cannot be treated with surgery. Zirabev can be used unless the cancer originates in particular cells called squamous cells;
- cancer of the kidney (renal cell carcinoma) that is advanced or has spread elsewhere;
- cancer of the cervix (the neck of the womb) that has persisted or come back after treatment, or spread to other parts of the body.
Zirabev is used in combination with other cancer medicines, depending on the nature of any previous treatments or the presence of mutations (genetic changes) in the cancer that affect how well particular medicines work.
Zirabev contains the active substance bevacizumab and it is a ‘biosimilar medicine’. This means that Zirabev is highly similar to another biological medicine (the ‘reference medicine’) that is already authorised in the EU. The reference medicine for Zirabev is Avastin. For more information on biosimilar medicines, see here.
Zirabev : EPAR - Medicine overview (PDF/85.17 KB)
First published: 16/04/2019
Zirabev : EPAR - Risk-management-plan summary (PDF/1.17 MB)
First published: 16/04/2019
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Pfizer Europe MA EEIG
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31/10/2019 Zirabev - EMEA/H/C/004697 - IAIN/0003
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Zirabev in combination with fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy is indicated for treatment of adult patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum.
Zirabev in combination with paclitaxel is indicated for first-line treatment of adult patients with metastatic breast cancer. For further information as to human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status.
Zirabev, in addition to platinum-based chemotherapy, is indicated for first-line treatment of adult patients with unresectable advanced, metastatic or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer other than predominantly squamous cell histology.
Zirabev in combination with interferon alfa-2a is indicated for first line treatment of adult patients with advanced and/or metastatic renal cell cancer.
Zirabev, in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or, alternatively, paclitaxel and topotecan in patients who cannot receive platinum therapy, is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with persistent, recurrent, or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix.