More Patients Can Now Benefit from Avastin's Proven Survival Benefits
European Commission has given approval for the Roche's significantly wider use of its anti-angiogenic agent Avastin (bevacizumab) in patients suffering from metastatic colorectal cancer.
This new broader label will now allow Avastin to be used in combination with any chemotherapy, including Roche's oral chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)*, for 1st and later treatment lines in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. This news means that virtually all patients with metastatic colorectal cancer now have access to Avastin's proven survival benefits. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people in Europe will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2008.1
The Avastin approval follows the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) positive recommendations for the extended use of both Avastin and Xeloda in December 2007. *The final EC decision on Xeloda for its extended use is expected imminently.
The new Avastin label will allow it to be used in combination with every standard fluoropyrimidine based chemotherapy and also allows for combinations with Xeloda or oxaliplatin. Avastin formerly could only be used in combination with IV 5-FU or IV 5-FU/irinotecan-based chemotherapy regimen