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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.

FDA approves its first biosimilar

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 6 March 2015 that it had approved Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) injection, the first biosimilar ever to be approved in the US, for the five indications for which US-licensed Neupogen is approved. FDA found Sandoz’s Zarxio clinically comparable to Amgen’s blockbuster chemotherapy agent Neupogen (filgrastim), which is used to help prevent infections in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

Second Apotex biosimilar under FDA review

Canada-based Apotex announced on 13 February 2015 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted for filing the company’s application for a biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim).

Hospira launches infliximab biosimilar in major European markets

Injectable generics specialist and biosimilars maker Hospira announced on 16 February 2015 that it was launching its infliximab biosimilar, Inflectra, in several major European markets. Inflectra, a treatment for inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, will now be marketed in 24 European countries, nearly doubling its presence across Europe.

FDA delays meeting to evaluate infliximab biosimilar

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has postponed a meeting of its Arthritis Advisory Committee, which was to discuss an infliximab biosimilar.

Accord launches biosimilar filgrastim in Europe

Generics company Accord Healthcare (Accord) has announced the launch of their first European approved biosimilar Accofil (filgrastim), indicated for the treatment of chemotherapy induced neutropenia.

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