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Etanercept biosimilar submitted for approval in Japan

Japan-based Mochida Pharmaceutical (Mochida) has submitted an application for marketing approval for an etanercept biosimilar (LBEC0101) to the Japanese medicines regulatory agency – the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).

Sandoz withdraws biosimilar pegfilgrastim application

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on 27 January 2017 that Sandoz had withdrawn the marketing application for its pegfilgrastim biosimilar (Zioxtenzo), after the agency expressed doubts about its biosimilarity and manufacturing.

EMA approval for adalimumab biosimilars Amgevita and Solymbic

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 27 January 2017 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for the adalimumab biosimilars Amgevita and Solymbic.

Boehringer Ingelheim submits biosimilar adalimumab application to both EMA and FDA

Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Boehringer Ingelheim) announced on 18 January 2017 that its candidate adalimumab biosimilar (BI 695501) had been accepted for regulatory review by both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

EMA approval for rituximab biosimilar Truxima

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 16 December 2016 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a rituximab biosimilar.

Benepali gains approval for extra indications

Samsung Bioepis, which is a joint venture between South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen, announced on 16 December 2016 that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) had adopted a positive opinion for the extension of indications for its etanercept biosimilar Benepali

EMA accepts application for pegfilgrastim biosimilar from Coherus

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 29 November 2016 that its application for approval for its proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar (CHS 1701) had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Bevacizumab biosimilar application submitted to EMA

Biotech giant Amgen and its partner Allergan announced on 2 December 2016 that they had submitted their application for approval for their proposed bevacizumab biosimilar (ABP 215) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The companies believe this submission is the first bevacizumab biosimilar application submitted to EMA.

Mylan and Biocon submit trastuzumab biosimilar to FDA

Generics giant Mylan Pharmaceuticals (Mylan) and Indian biosimilars major Biocon announced on 8 November 2016 that they had submitted the marketing application for their proposed trastuzumab biosimilar (Myl-1401O) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Biosimilar rituximab approved in South Korea

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 17 November 2016 that the company had received approval for its rituximab biosimilar Truxima (CT-P10) from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS, formerly the Korea Food and Drug Administration).