New York, NY, November 20, 2020 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved NYVEPRIA™ (pegfilgrastim), a biosimilar to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), to reduce the duration of neutropenia and the incidence of febrile neutropenia in adult patients treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy for malignancy (with the exception of chronic myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes).1,2 Febrile neutropenia is a common side effect of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, which can leave patients vulnerable to infections.3

“The development of febrile neutropenia in people living with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy can be a very serious complication,” said Paul Cornes, MD, oncologist and member of the continuing medical education program of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists and core lecturer for the European School of Oncology. “The EC approval of NYVEPRIA provides clinicians with an alternative long-acting option that can help prevent infections.”

The EC approval is based on a comprehensive data package and totality of evidence demonstrating a high degree of similarity of NYVEPRIA to its reference product.

With more than 10 years of global in-market experience and a portfolio of nine biosimilar products which have received regulatory approval, Pfizer is proud to be a global leader of this vital healthcare segment. NYVEPRIA is Pfizer’s sixth approved oncology biosimilar and third approved supportive care biosimilar in Europe.

“Today’s approval of NYVEPRIA reflects Pfizer’s commitment to biosimilar medicines, which can generate savings for healthcare systems and increase patient access to important treatment options,” said Masum Hossain, Regional President, Oncology, International Developed Markets at Pfizer. “We are excited by the promise that treatments like NYVEPRIA can offer to the European healthcare system by driving market competition that can help lower the cost of care.”

Pfizer intends to make NYVEPRIA available to patients in several European countries starting in Q1 2021.

European Marketing Authorization of NYVEPRIA follows the medicine’s approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2020. In the U.S., NYVEPRIA (pegfilgrastim-apgf) is approved 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. 4

About NYVEPRIA (pegfilgrastim biosimilar)

NYVEPRIA, a biosimilar to Neulasta, is approved by the EMA to reduce the duration of neutropenia and the incidence of febrile neutropenia in adult patients treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy for malignancy (with the exception of chronic myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes). 1 This condition, known as febrile neutropenia, is a common side effect of many types of chemotherapy and lowers the body’s ability to defend itself against infections.3

NYVEPRIA safety information

Do not use NYVEPRIA if you are allergic to pegfilgrastim, filgrastim, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.

Before starting treatment with NYVEPRIA, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if:

  • you have recently had a serious lung infection (pneumonia), fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), inflammation of the lungs (interstitial lung disease), or an abnormal chest x ray (lung infiltration).
  • you are aware of any altered blood cell counts (e.g. increase in white blood cells or anemia) or decreased blood platelet counts (thrombocytopenia), which reduces the ability of your blood to clot. Your doctor may want to monitor you more closely.
  • you have sickle cell anemia. Your doctor may monitor your condition more.
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby.

Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following side effects while taking NYVEPRIA:

  • swelling or puffiness.
  • passing urine less frequently.
  • difficulty breathing.
  • abdominal (belly) swelling and feeling of fullness.
  • a general feeling of tiredness. 

These symptoms generally develop quickly and could signify an uncommon condition called capillary leak syndrome, which causes blood to leak from small blood vessels into your body and requires urgent treatment.

While taking NYVEPRIA, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if:

  • you get an allergic reaction including weakness, drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body (anaphylaxis), redness and flushing, skin rash or hives on the skin and areas of the skin that itch.
  • you get a cough or fever, and have difficulty breathing. This can be a sign of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
  • you get left upper abdominal pain or pain at the tip of your shoulder. This may be a sign of a problem with your spleen (splenomegaly).
  • you get fever, abdominal pain, malaise, and back pain as these may be symptoms of inflammation of the aorta (the large blood vessel which transports blood from the heart to the body). This disorder can occur rarely in cancer patients and healthy donors.
  • you become pregnant. 

Other very common side effects of NYVEPRIA treatment include:

  • bone pain or general aches and pains in the joints and muscles.
  • feeling sick (nausea) and headaches.
  • pain at the site of injection.
  • chest pain not related to heart disorders.
  • some changes may occur in your blood, but these will be detected by routine blood tests. Your white blood cell count may become high for a short period. Your platelet count may become low which might result in bruising. 
Skin reactions

Severe skin reactions (Stevens-Johnson syndrome; a skin condition that causes painful blisters and sores of the skin and mucous membranes, especially in the mouth) have been reported with the use of pegfilgrastim. Stop using NYVEPRIA and get medical attention immediately if you notice any of these symptoms: reddish target like or circular patches often with central blisters on the trunk, skin peeling, ulcers of mouth, throat, nose, genitals and eyes possibly with fever and flu-like symptoms beforehand. 

Blood cancer

You should talk to your doctor about your risks of developing cancers of the blood. If you have a cancer of the blood or have been told by your doctor that you are at risk of one, you should not use NYVEPRIA, unless instructed by your doctor.

Like all medicines, NYVEPRIA can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most side effects are mild to moderate, but some may be serious and require treatment. Your doctor will check your blood and urine regularly as NYVEPRIA can damage your kidneys (glomerulonephritis).

Please refer to the European Summary of Product Characteristics for NYVEPRIA for complete safety information.

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