The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for Sandoz’s pegfilgrastim product Ziextenzo®, a biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta.
Ziextenzo is approved for the same use as the reference medicine—to reduce the duration of neutropenia and the incidence of febrile neutropenia in adults receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy for malignancies except chronic myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
The approval is valid in all countries of the European Union as well as Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
The EC’s approval was based on research suggesting Ziextenzo is comparable to Neulasta in terms of safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics.1,2,3,4
1. Blackwell K. et al. Pooled analysis of two randomized, double-blind trials comparing proposed biosimilar LA-EP2006 with reference pegfilgrastim in breast cancer. Ann Oncol 28, 2272-2277 (2017).
2. Nakov R. et al. Proposed biosimilar pegfilgrastim LA-EP2006 shows similarity in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to reference pegfilgrastim in healthy subjects. 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, abstract P3-14-10.
3. Blackwell K. et al. A Comparison of Proposed Biosimilar LA-EP2006 and Reference Pegfilgrastim for the Prevention of Neutropenia in Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer Receiving Myelosuppressive Adjuvant or Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: Pegfilgrastim Randomized Oncology (Supportive Care) Trial to Evaluate Comparative Treatment (PROTECT-2), a Phase III, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial. Oncologist 21, 789-794 (2016).
4. Harbeck N. et al. Randomized, double-blind study comparing proposed biosimilar LA-EP2006 with reference pegfilgrastim in breast cancer. Future Oncol 12, 1359-1367 (2016).