Pfizer gains FDA nod for Neupogen biosimilar Nivestym

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Pfizer gains FDA nod for Neupogen biosimilar Nivestym

By Sandra Levy - 07/23/2018
Pfizer has received Food and Drug Administration approval for Nivestym (filgrastim-aafi), a biosimilar to Neupogen (filgrastim), for all eligible indications of the reference product.

“The FDA approval of Nivestym marks an important step in helping expand access to critical treatment options for patients with neutropenia, many of whom have cancer and can be hospitalized for potentially life-threatening side effects stemming from chemotherapy,” said Pfizer Essential Health U.S. institutions president Berk Gurdogan. “We believe biosimilars, like Nivestym, are essential in helping to address evolving healthcare needs and may provide more affordable medicines to patients.”

The product is indicated for the following:

  • To decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a significant incidence of severe neutropenia with fever;

  • For reducing the time to neutrophil recovery and the duration of fever, following induction or consolidation chemotherapy treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia;

  • To reduce the duration of neutropenia and neutropenia-related clinical sequelae, e.g., febrile neutropenia, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies undergoing myeloablative chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplantation;

  • For the mobilization of autologous hematopoietic progenitor cells into the peripheral blood for collection by leukapheresis;

  • For chronic administration to reduce the incidence and duration of sequelae of severe neutropenia (e.g., fever, infections, oropharyngeal ulcers) in symptomatic patients with congenital neutropenia, cyclic neutropenia, or idiopathic neutropenia


Nivestym is Pfizer’s fourth biosimilar to be approved.