The Totality of Evidence and Use of ABP 215, a Biosimilar to Bevacizumab
Oncology and Therapy
ABP 215 (MVASI™, Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA; MVASI™, Amgen Europe B.V., Netherlands) is a biosimilar to bevacizumab (Avastin®, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA) reference product (RP), a monoclonal antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). Here we provide a brief overview of the totality of evidence that supported the approval of ABP 215, along with practical considerations to ensure safe and effective administration.ABP 215 has been shown to be highly similar to the RP,
... with similar mechanism of action, analytical (structural and functional) characteristics, binding, and potency. The similarity of PK parameters of ABP 215 and bevacizumab RP has been confirmed in healthy volunteers.In a comparative clinical trial, patients with stage IV or recurrent non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer receiving carboplatin and paclitaxel were randomized to ABP 215 or bevacizumab RP. No clinically meaningful differences were found between ABP 215 and RP. The objective response rate (ORR) was 39% for ABP 215 and 41.7% for bevacizumab RP. The risk ratio for the ORR was 0.93 [90% confidence interval (CI), 0.80-1.09], which fell within the prespecified margin for equivalence of 0.67-1.5, indicating similar clinical efficacy.Similar to bevacizumab RP, ABP 215 is supplied as a clear to slightly opalescent, colorless to pale yellow, sterile solution in a glass vial. It should be diluted in 0.9% sodium chloride in polyvinylchloride or polyolefin bags before administering as an intravenous infusion. The ABP 215 solution should be stored at 2-8 °C (36-46°F) prior to use. Physicochemical stability studies showed that there were no meaningful changes in purity or potency and no loss of protein after storage at 2-8 °C for 35 days followed by storage at 30 °C for 48 h.