|Brand name(s), other common name(s)||gah-ZY-vuh|
|Drug type||Monoclonal antibody|
|How the drug is given||Intravenously (IV)|
Indications and Usage
Obinutuzumab is FDA-approved
- In combination with chlorambucil chemotherapy for the treatment of people with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
- In combination with bendamustine followed by obinutuzumab monotherapy for the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) who relapsed after, or are refractory to, a rituximab-containing regimen.
Side effects needing medical attention
Infusion-related reactions during the first infusion; low platelet count; low red blood cell counts; fever; cough; muscle and joint pain; low count of certain types of white blood cells.
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare but serious brain infection that can result in death, has been reported with obinutuzumab.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation may cause serious liver problems including liver failure and death. If patients have had hepatitis B or are carriers of HBV, receiving obinutuzumab could cause the virus to become an active infection again.