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Eli Lilly launches lower-priced insulin lispro

Eli Lilly announced on 22 May 2019 that it had launched the lower-priced authorized biosimilar version of its diabetes treatment Humalog (insulin lispro) in the US.

UnitedHealthcare to prefer brand-name pegfilgrastim

US health insurance provider UnitedHealthcare has announced that it will prefer use of brand-name pegfilgrastim over the biosimilar versions.

Irish hospitals to get incentives to switch patients to biosimilars

Hospitals in Ireland are being offered a Euros 500 incentive for every patient they switch off two expensive biologicals to cheaper biosimilars.

Dramatic price reduction of trastuzumab in Malaysia

The price of the cancer drug trastuzumab has dropped by more than half in Malaysia following a recent tender to the Ministry of Health.

Settlement for Udenyca and win for Zarxio

Amgen has made a settlement with respect to pegfilgrastim biosimilar Udenyca, but has lost its appeal against filgrastim biosimilar Zarxio.

Biocon/Mylan gain global rights to adalimumab biosimilar Hulio

India-based biologicals specialist Biocon and US-based partner Mylan announced on 7 May 2019 that they have gained the global rights to the adalimumab biosimilar Hulio.

Recommendations published by Canadian breast cancer advocacy group

In April 2019, an advocacy group for patients with breast cancer in Canada – the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) - published recommendations related to use of biosimilars in a white paper, entitled ‘Breast Cancer & Biosimilars Recommendations on Use, Implementation and Patient Communications’. These recommendations were informed by insights collected from virtual roundtable discussions with patients and medical oncologists. 

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.