Nov. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRS), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Udenyca (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), the first pegfilgrastim biosimilar approved by both the FDA and the European Commission (EC) for patients with cancer receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy.
Udenyca™ (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), formerly CHS-1701, is a PEGylated growth colony-stimulating factor indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia. Udenyca™ drug substance manufacturing is located in Boulder, Colorado. Pegfilgrastim is one of the largest selling oncology biologics with worldwide revenues in excess of $4.5 billion in 2017.
Udenyca™ is a leukocyte growth factor indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia.
Limitations of Use
Udenyca™ is not indicated for the mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
CONTRAINDICATION: Patients with a history of serious allergic reaction to human granulocyte colony-stimulating factors such as pegfilgrastim or filgrastim products.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS:
Fatal splenic rupture: Evaluate patients who report left upper abdominal or shoulder pain for an enlarged spleen or splenic rupture.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS): Evaluate patients who develop fever, lung infiltrates, or respiratory distress. Discontinue Udenyca in patients with ARDS.
Serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis: Permanently discontinue Udenyca in patients with serious allergic reactions.
Fatal sickle cell crises: Have occurred.
Glomerulonephritis: Evaluate and consider dose-reduction or interruption of Udenyca if causality is likely.
Adverse Reactions: Most common adverse reactions (≥ 5% difference in incidence compared to placebo) are bone pain and pain in extremity.