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Roche abandons Herceptin patent in India

Swiss-based pharma giant Roche has decided not to pursue its patent for its blockbuster cancer drug Herceptin (trastuzumab) in India, opening the market to biosimilars.

Indian firms chasing ‘similar biologic’ Herceptin

Following the decision by Swiss-based pharma giant Roche not to pursue its patent for Herceptin (trastuzumab) in India [1] it seems that a whole host of Indian firms are lining up to get their ‘similar biologic’ of the blockbuster cancer drug to market.

Apotex breaking into the North American and European G-CSF markets

A new biosimilar filgrastim is poised to enter the important granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) market following a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).

EMA approval for Teva’s long-acting recombinant G-CSF

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted marketing authorization for a new long-acting filgrastim – Lonquex (XM22 lipegfilgrastim) – to prevent chemotherapy-induced neutropenia in cancer patients.

AstraZeneca pursuing biosimilars with Celltrion bid

Pharma giant AstraZeneca is rumoured to be ready to join the race for biosimilars with a bid for South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion.

Teva and Lonza end biosimilars agreement

Despite Switzerland-based API producer Lonza denying reports back in April 2013 that it was considering backing out of its biosimilars joint venture with Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) that is just what has happened.

EMA reviewing biosimilar insulin application

According to EMA’s list of applications for new human medicines under evaluation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use released on 4 July 2013 the agency is now reviewing a new application for a biosimilar insulin product.

Biosimilar G-CSF prescribed more than originator

Sandoz, the generic drug division of Swiss drug giant Novartis, announced on 22 July 2013 that its biosimilar granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) Zarzio (filgrastim) has overtaken the originator product in terms of prescriptions.

Sandoz to start phase III etanercept trial

Sandoz, the generic drug division of Swiss drug giant Novartis, is to start a phase III clinical trial for a biosimilar version of etanercept in patients suffering from psoriasis, according to the EU Clinical Trials Register.

Pfizer to start trial for biosimilar adalimumab

Pharma giant Pfizer is once again expanding its pipeline of biosimilars and is set to start a phase I study for its biosimilar adalimumab candidate (PF-06410293) according to ClinicalTrials.gov, the US clinical trials website.

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