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Australian approval for biosimilar insulin

Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has given a positive recommendation for the listing of Eli Lilly’s biosimilar insulin glargine, Basaglar in the country’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Basaglar is the first biosimilar insulin to be approved in Australia, providing an alternative, affordable treatment option for patients suffering from diabetes.

Iran approves its first rituximab biogeneric

In May 2015, Iran’s National Regulatory Authority, the Food and Drug Organization (FDO), approved its first rituximab biogeneric (Zytux). The medicine received its marketing authorization based on the previously published national guideline for marketing of biogenerics in Iran [1].

Venezuelan approval for Celltrion’s Remsima

Celltrion announced on 29 April 2015 that it had received approval for its infliximab bioterapéuticos similares from the Venezuelan medicines agency, the Instituto Nacional de Higiene ‘Rafael Rangel’ (INHRR National ‘Rafael Rangel’ Institute of Hygiene).

Brazil approves first monoclonal antibody follow-on biological

Brazil’s medicines agency, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA), announced on 27 April 2015 that it had approved its first follow-on biological medicine through ‘the development by comparability’.

Samsung adds 48-week extension to SB4 biosimilar study

Samsung Bioepis has added a 48-week extension to the phase III study of its candidate etanercept biosimilar SB4 in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Merck outlines biosimilars programme

During the 35th Annual Health Care Conference held on 2−4 March 2015 in Boston, USA, US pharma giant Merck outlined its biosimilars programme.

Infliximab SEB launched in Canada

US-based generics major Hospira announced on 30 March 2015 the availability of its infliximab subsequent entry biologic (SEB) Inflectra in Canada, the country’s first SEB monoclonal antibody therapy.

Samsung Bioepsis submits second biosimilar to EMA

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen Idec’s joint venture Samsung Bioepis announced on 13 March 2015 that its infliximab biosimilar candidate, SB2, had been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

US court rejects Amgen’s bid to block filgrastim biosimilar

On 19 March 2015, the US District Court for North California rejected US biotechnology giant Amgen’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, from launching its filgrastim biosimilar Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz).

Infliximab biosimilars tighten grip on European markets

The progress of biosimilars onto the European market continues apace with an announcement from Mundipharma that Remsima (infliximab biosimilar) is being launched in several major markets, including Germany and The Netherlands.

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