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Japanese approval for insulin glargine biosimilar

Partners Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim confirmed on 19 January 2015 that they had received Japanese regulatory approval for their biosimilar insulin glargine product (LY2963016).

Norwegian study may be slowing adoption of biosimilar infliximab

Norway is funding clinical studies in which patients will be switched from originator biological drugs to biosimilars [1]. However, some have speculated that the NOR-SWITCH study is actually slowing the adoption of biosimilar infliximab in Norway.

Adalimumab similar biologic launched in India

Indian generics maker Zydus Cadila announced on 9 December 2014 the launch of its adalimumab similar biologic in India.

Mabion starts phase III trial for rituximab biosimilar

Polish biologicals company Mabion announced on 25 November 2014 that it had received the consent of the appropriate regulatory authorities in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Poland to start a phase III clinical trial for its rituximab biosimilar (MabionCD20) in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Hospira submits application to FDA for epoetin alfa biosimilar

US-based injectables specialist Hospira announced on 12 January 2015 that it had submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its epoetin alfa biosimilar Retacrit.

Apotex pegfilgrastim biosimilar under FDA review

Canada-based Apotex announced on 17 December 2014 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted for filing the company’s application for a biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim).

First infliximab ‘similar biologic’ launched in India

India-based Ranbaxy Laboratories (Ranbaxy) announced on 1 December 2014 that it had launched its infliximab ‘similar biologic’, BOW015 in India. This is the first infliximab similar biologic to be launched in India.

Rituximab non-originator biological approved in Russia

Russian biotechnology company Biocad announced on 17 April 2014 that the Russian Ministry of Health has approved the company’s rituximab non-originator biological, AcellBia (BCD-020). The drug is a non-originator biological of Roche’s rheumatoid arthritis blockbuster MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab).

Amgen starts phase III trial for biosimilar rituximab

Biologicals major Amgen is carrying out a global phase III clinical trial for a biosimilar version of Roche’s blockbuster arthritis/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma drug MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab).

Biosimilar infliximab launched in Japan

Japanese pharma firm Nippon Kayaku announced on 28 November 2014 the launch of its infliximab biosimilar, Infliximab BS, in Japan.

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