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Global settlement clears a pathway for trastuzumab biosimilar

Generics giant Mylan Pharmaceuticals (Mylan) announced on 13 March 2017 that it had agreed to the terms of a global settlement with Genentech and Roche in relation to patents for Herceptin (trastuzumab), which provides Mylan with global licences for its trastuzumab biosimilar.

Russian approval for non-originator interferon beta-1a

Russian biotechnology company Biocad announced on 3 March 2017 that the Russian Ministry of Health had approved the company’s interferon beta-1a non-originator biological drug, BCD-033. The drug is a non-originator biological of Merck’s multiple sclerosis blockbuster Rebif (interferon beta-1a).

EC approval for first cancer biosimilar Truxima

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 22 February 2017 that it had received European Commission (EC) approval for the marketing authorization for its rituximab biosimilar Truxima.

FDA accepts application for Mylan/Biocon’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar

Mylan and Biocon announced on 16 February 2017 that the regulatory submission for their proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar (MYL-1401H) had been accepted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Biocon wins three-year contract to supply insulin in Malaysia

Biocon has been awarded a contract by the Malaysian Ministry of Health to supply recombinant human insulin formulations to the country, a deal reportedly worth US$68 million.

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on 27 January 2017 that Sandoz had withdrawn the marketing application for its pegfilgrastim biosimilar (Zioxtenzo), after the agency expressed doubts about its biosimilarity and manufacturing.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

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