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Avelumab

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    IV infusion
    Avelumab
    Bavencio 
    • Mechanism of Action
    • A monoclonal antibody directed against PD-L1, an inhibitory molecule expressed on certain tumour cells.
      PD-L1 and PD-L2 are ligands that bind to PD-1 receptors on activated lymphocytes and inhibit T cell receptor signalling, downregulating immune responses and promoting tolerance.
      Binding of anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies leaves the ligand unable to bind to PD-1, and therefore stimulates an ongoing immune response.
      PD-L2 is not inhibited, allowing PD-1 / PD-L2 mediated inhibitory signals to continue.

Clinical Use

    • Indication
    • Metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma
    • Adverse Effects
    • Endocrinopathies - thyroiditis, adrenalitis, hypophysitis, diabetes mellitus
    • Pulmonary toxicity - pneumonitis
    • Hepatotoxicity - LFT derangement, hepatitis
    • GI toxicity - colitis
    • Rheumatological - flares of previous disease
    • Skin - rash, pruritis
    • Fatigue
    • Anorexia
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea / vomiting / diarrhoea
    • Thrombocytopaenia
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