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European approval for biosimilar insulin

Partners Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim, announced on 10 September 2014 that they had received European Commission (EC) approval for its biosimilar insulin glargine product Abasria (LY2963016), a first for Europe.

Infliximab biosimilar to be distributed by Mundipharma

Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar Remsima will be distributed in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and UK, exclusively by Mundipharma International and its independent associated companies. Remsima is a biosimilar of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) and Merck’s anti-inflammatory blockbuster Remicade (infliximab).

FDA receives application for monoclonal antibody biosimilar

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 11 August 2014 that the company had, on 8 August 2014, completed the filing procedure to obtain US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its infliximab biosimilar.

FDA grants tentative approval for insulin treatment

On 18 August 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted tentative approval for a new insulin glargine product (LY2963016).

More biosimilars collaborations on the cards

Collaborations for biosimilars are still in vogue, with the latest companies making deals being PlantForm Corporation (PlantForm) with PharmaPraxis and Oncobiologics and Laboratorios Liomont.

Coherus starts phase III biosimilar etanercept trial

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 23 June 2014 the start of a global phase III trial for a biosimilar version of etanercept.

Biosimilars deals coming thick and fast

Biosimilar collaborations are still the latest fashion, with new deals being made between Cipla and Mabpharm, Strides Arcolab and Oncobiologics, and NeuClone and the Serum Institute.

Biosimilar infliximab receives approval in Japan and Turkey

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 4 and 16 July 2014 that the company had received marketing approval for its biosimilar Remsima (infliximab) in Japan and Turkey, respectively.

FDA accepts biosimilar filgrastim application

Sandoz, the generic drug division of Swiss drug giant Novartis, announced on 24 July 2014 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted its application for approval of the company’s biosimilar filgrastim product.

EMA approves biosimilar insulin

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 27 June 2014 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a biosimilar insulin glargine product (LY2963016).

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