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FDA accepts application for Merck’s follow-on insulin glargine

US pharma giant Merck announced on 5 August 2016 that its regulatory submission for its proposed follow-on insulin glargine product (MK-1293) had been accepted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Janssen Biotech files lawsuits for infringement of cell culture media patent

In ongoing litigation over infliximab biosimilars, Janssen Biotech, manufacturer of Remicade (infliximab), has filed two new lawsuits against Celltrion Healthcare, Hospira and HyClone Laboratories, a subsidiary of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, over the use of cell cultures grown for use in Celltrion’s biosimilar Remsima (infliximab), and Hospira’s biosimilar Inflectra (infliximab).

Mylan and Biocon submit pegfilgrastim biosimilar to EMA

Mylan and Biocon announced on 21 July 2016 that the regulatory submission for their proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar (MYL-1401H) had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Bevacizumab similar biologics launched in India

Generics makers Reliance Life Sciences (Reliance) and Hetero have both launched similar biologics of Roche’s blockbuster cancer therapy Avastin (bevacizumab) in India.

EMA recommends approval of infliximab biosimilar Flixabi

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 1 April 2016 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a biosimilar infliximab product (SB2).

Samsung Bioepis adalimumab biosimilar submitted to EMA

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen Idec’s joint venture Samsung Bioepis announced on 18 July 2016 that its adalimumab biosimilar candidate, SB5, had been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

FDA rejects Sandoz’s biosimilar pegfilgrastim application

Novartis disclosed on 19 July 2016 that the application by its Sandoz unit to market a biosimilar version of pegfilgrastim has been rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA advisors recommend approval of Sandoz’s etanercept biosimilar

US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) advisors have voted to recommend the approval of Sandoz’s biosimilar version of Amgen/Pfizer’s arthritis blockbuster Enbrel (etanercept).

Health Canada approves Inflectra biosimilar for extra indications

US-based generics maker Hospira, now part of Pfizer, announced on 14 June 2016 that its infliximab biosimilar Inflectra had received approval from Canada’s medicines regulator, Health Canada, in three extra indications.

Alvogen opening biosimilars plant in Iceland

Iceland-based biopharmaceutical company Alvotech, a sister company of US generics company Alvogen, is set to open its state-of-the-art 11,800 square meter development and manufacturing facility for biosimilars in June 2016.

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