Mvasi Overview

This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Mvasi. It explains how the Agency assessed the medicine to recommend its authorisation in the EU and its conditions of use. It is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use Mvasi.

For practical information about using Mvasi, patients should read the package leaflet or contact their doctor or pharmacist

Mvasi can only be obtained with a prescription and treatment should be supervised by a doctor who has experience in the use of cancer medicines.

Mvasi is available as a concentrate that is made up into a solution for infusion (drip) into a vein. The first infusion of Mvasi should last 90 minutes, but subsequent infusions may be given more quickly if the first infusion is tolerated well. The dose is between 5 and 15 mg per kilogram body weight every two or three weeks, depending on the type of cancer being treated and the other cancer medicines being used. The treatment is continued until the patient no longer benefits from it. The doctor may decide to interrupt or stop treatment if the patient develops certain side effects.

For further information, see the package leaflet.

The active substance in Mvasi, bevacizumab, is a monoclonal antibody (a type of protein) that has been designed to recognise and attach to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a protein that circulates in the blood and makes blood vessels grow. By attaching to VEGF, Mvasi stops it having an effect. As a result, the cancer cannot develop its own blood supply and cancer cells are starved of oxygen and nutrients, helping to slow down the growth of tumours.

Laboratory studies comparing Mvasi with Avastin have shown that the active substance in Mvasi is highly similar to that in Avastin in terms of structure, purity and biological activity. Studies have also shown that giving Mvasi produces similar levels of the active substance in the body to giving Avastin.

In addition, a study involving 642 patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer showed that Mvasi was as effective as Avastin when given with the cancer medicines carboplatin and paclitaxel. The cancer responded to treatment in 39% of those given Mvasi (128 of 328 patients) and 42% of those given Avastin (131 of 314).

Because Mvasi is a biosimilar medicine, the studies on effectiveness and safety of bevacizumab carried out with Avastin do not all need to be repeated for Mvasi.

The European Medicines Agency decided that, in accordance with EU requirements for biosimilar medicines, Mvasi has been shown to have a comparable quality, safety and effectiveness to Avastin.

Therefore, the Agency’s view was that, as for Avastin, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Agency recommended that Mvasi be given marketing authorisation.

Recommendations and precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients for the safe and effective use of Mvasi have been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet.

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Mvasi on 15 January 2018.

For more information about treatment with Mvasi, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

What are the risks associated with Mvasi?

The most common side effects with bevacizumab (which may affect more than 1 in 10 people) are hypertension (high blood pressure), tiredness or asthenia (weakness), diarrhoea and abdominal (belly) pain. The most serious side effects are gastrointestinal perforation (hole in the gut wall), haemorrhage (bleeding) and arterial thromboembolism (blood clots in the arteries). 

Mvasi must not be used in people who are hypersensitive (allergic) to bevacizumab or any of the other ingredients, to Chinese hamster ovary cell products or other recombinant antibodies. It must not be given to pregnant women.

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