The Food and Drug Administration has approved the biosimilar Ziextenzo (pegfilgrastim-bmez) to reduce the incidence of infection in patients with nonmyeloid cancer receiving suppressive anticancer drugs that are associated with febrile neutropenia.
More than 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized in the United States each year with evidence of neutropenia, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths, according to Ziextenzo maker Sandoz, a Novartis division.
The FDAwas based on analytical, preclinical, and clinical research, including data from a three-way pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics study that compared pegfilgrastim-bmez with the reference drug pegfilgrastim (Neulasta) from the United States and the European Union. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic similarity were shown between pegfilgrastim-bmez with the reference drugs, and there were no clinically significant differences in safety or immunogenicity.
The most common adverse events associated with pegfilgrastim-bmez are bone pain and pain in the extremities, according to the.