Avastin Prices

Avastin is the brand name of bevacizumab, a medication belonging to the monoclonal antibody and angiogenesis inhibitor medication families. As used in the treatment of cancer and age-related macular degeneration, it works by slowing down new blood vessel growth.

Here’s a list of Avastin prices:

Dosage
Without Insurance

CVS Pharmacy

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$680.79
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,704.41

Kmart

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$681.29
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,704.91

Kroger

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$682.04
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,705.66

Publix

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$681.34
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,704.96

Rite Aid

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$694.87
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,758.48

Target

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$684.96
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,718.10

Walgreens

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$694.97
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,754.40

Walmart

1 Vial

4ml of 100mg/4ml$675.54
16ml of 400mg/16ml$2,687.16

History

In the United States, bevacizumab, the generic name for Avastin, was approved for medical use only in 2004. But such is its importance in society that the World Health Organization included it in its List of Essential Medicines.

Medical uses

Avastin is used in the treatment of several types of cancer and in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The administration differs depending on the type of disease being treated – for cancer treatment, it’s administered via slow injection into a vein and in AMD, it is via an injection into the affected eye.

  • Colorectal cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use in February 2004 in metastatic colorectal cancer. It’s usually used in combination with standard chemotherapy or with 5-fluorouracil-based therapy.

  • Lung cancer

The FDA also approved it in 2006 for use in first-line treatment of advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer. The drug should be used in combination with chemotherapy, too, particularly carboplatin/paclitaxel.

  • Renal cancers

The FDA approved its use in metastatic renal cell cancer, too.

  • Eye disease

The drug has been successfully used in the inhibition of VEGF in many eye diseases, such as AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Basically, it slows down the abnormal growth of blood vessels around the retina, thus, delaying the onset of blindness.

The common side effects of Avastin use include headache, nose bleeds, rash, and high blood pressure.