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Comments on FDA’s public meeting on biosimilars

Comments made at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent meeting on biosimilars included a call for interchangeability information in the Purple Book, criticism of FDA’s use of arbitrary suffixes and a request to waive bridging studies for biosimilars.

Biocon’s biosimilars plant gains clearance from FDA

India-based biologicals specialist Biocon has stated that its biosimilars plant has received a clean bill of health, indicating that it is now compliant with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manufacturing requirements.

Samsung Bioepis sued over trastuzumab biosimilar but win for Celltrion’s biosimilar Inflectra

Roche’s Genentech has sued Samsung Bioepis regarding its trastuzumab biosimilar, but Celltrion has won its patent battle against Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

Improving understanding of biotherapeutics and biosimilars

Additional information on biosimilars and biotherapeutics have been published in Europe.

Extension of indications and manufacturing approval for biologicals in the US

Filgrastim biosimilar Granix (tbo-filgrastim) has been approved for extended indications and Samsung BioLogics has received approval to manufacture a monoclonal antibody drug product.

FDA guidance sought on false and misleading information on biosimilars

Pharma giant Pfizer has asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue guidance ‘clarifying appropriate sponsor communications about the nature and properties of biosimilars’.

Biosimilars approved in Australia

Last update: 31 August 2018

In Australia, the legal framework for approving medicines was established via the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

Biosimilars approved in the US

Last update: 31 August 2018

In the US, a legal framework for approving biosimilars was established in 2009, via the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act).

European nurses launch biosimilar switching guide

The European Specialist Nurses Organisations (ESNO) announced on 26 June 2018 the launch of a guide for switching from reference biologicals to biosimilars.

Biosimilars approved in Europe

Last update: 24 August 2018

In the European Union (EU), a legal framework for approving biosimilars was established in 2003. This framework means that biosimilars can only be approved centrally via the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and not nationally.