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Canadian organizations collaborate to improve biosimilar adoption in cancer and inflammatory rheumatic and bowel disease

With a number of biosimilars expected to launch in Canada in 2019 and beyond, Canadian organizations are collaborating to improve biosimilar adoption. Canada lags behind the European Union in terms of approval and uptake of biosimilars [1].

Patient and provider views on biosimilars to treat breast cancer

A Canadian breast cancer advocacy group collected insights from patients and medical oncologists regarding the use of biosimilar treatments.

FDA to hold public meeting on access to affordable insulin

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking input on the challenges and opportunities the agency should consider as it prepares for the submission and review of applications for biosimilar and interchangeable insulin products, as well as about the development process for such products.

Eli Lilly to introduce half-price authorized insulin biosimilar in US

With high drug prices increasingly coming into the spotlight, Eli Lilly has announced that it will introduce a lower-priced authorized biosimilar version of its diabetes treatment Humalog (insulin lispro) in the US.

Biocad advancing its non-originator biologicals in Russia

Russian biotechnology company Biocad has started an eculizumab study and has also registered its non-originator biological (BCD 057) in Russia.

Biosimilars of filgrastim

Last update: 25 January 2019

Filgrastim is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). Filgrastim treatment can be used to stimulate the bone marrow to produce more neutrophils (white blood cells) to fight infection in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

What happened in biosimilars during 2014

Many new developments have taken place in the biosimilars industry in 2014 [1]. One of the most important milestones during 2014 was the news that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted several biosimilars applications, and had even recommended the approval of Sandoz’s filgrastim biosimilar in all five indications of the originator product (Neupogen).

Biosimilars applications under review by EMA – December 2014

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is the body responsible for approval of biosimilars within the European Union (EU). A legal framework for approving biosimilars was established in 2003. Approval of biosimilars is based on an abbreviated registration process, which allows biosimilars manufacturers to provide a reduced package of information compared to originator drugs, provided they can prove ‘similarity’ to the originator or reference drug.

Biosimilars of somatropin

Somatropin or human growth hormone (hGH) is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and cell regeneration in humans and other animals. It is thus important in human development. It is a type of mitogen which is specific only to certain kinds of cells. Growth hormone is a 191-amino acid, single-chain polypeptide that is synthesized, stored and secreted by somatotropic cells within the lateral wings of the anterior pituitary gland.

Biosimilars of pertuzumab

Pertuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits the dimerization of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) with other HER receptors, which prevents them from signalling in ways that promote cell growth and proliferation.

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