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Sandoz starts phase III biosimilar adalimumab trial

Sandoz, the generic drug division of Swiss drug giant Novartis, announced on 18 December 2013 the start of a phase III clinical trial for a biosimilar version of adalimumab in patients suffering from psoriasis.

Teva launches new biologicals in Europe and US

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced on 18 November 2013 the first EU launch for its new long-acting filgrastim molecule Lonquex (lipegfilgrastim) in Germany and the launch of its short-acting granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G‑CSF) Granix (tbo-filgrastim) in the US.

Avesthagen and Elpen make deal for biosimilar darbepoetin alfa

Indian life science company Avesthagen Pharma (Avesthagen) announced on 19 November 2013 that it had entered into a biosimilars agreement with Greece-based Elpen Pharmaceutical (Elpen).

Indian regulator approves first trastuzumab ‘similar biologic’

India’s drug regulator, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), has granted marketing approval for the world first trastuzumab ‘similar biologic’.

Merck Serono to transfer technology for six similar biotherapeutic products to Brazil

The Brazilian Ministry of Health (Ministério da Saúde) announced on 7 November 2013 a partnership between Brazil’s Bionovis, Fiocruz and Instituto Vital Brazil (IVB) with Germany’s Merck Serono for the production of six ‘similar biotherapeutic products’ for cancer and arthritis.

EMA approves first monoclonal antibody biosimilar

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 28 June 2013 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for the first monoclonal antibody biosimilar, marketed under two trade names, Remsima (Celltrion) and Inflectra (Hospira) with different marketing authorization, different EPAR, and different packaging.

Teva gains FDA approval for three-times-a-week Copaxone

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced on 28 January 2013 the generics giant had gained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new formulation of its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone (glatiramer acetate).

Biosimilars ruling has implications for future patent challenges

Biosimilars manufacturers may not be able to make early challenges on biologicals patents according to a ruling which rejected Sandoz’s request to invalidate patents for Amgen’s blockbuster autoimmune disease treatment Enbrel (etanercept). This appears to be the first court decision interpreting the patent litigation provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCI Act).

Stada in-licenses biosimilar filgrastim

German generics giant Stada Arzneimittel (Stada) announced on 28 October 2013 that it was strengthening its activities in the biosimilars area by in-licensing a biosimilar filgrastim product from Canada-based Apotex.

EC approves first monoclonal antibody biosimilar

Hospira announced on 10 September 2013 that it had received European Commission (EC) approval for its biosimilar monoclonal antibody infliximab (Inflectra), a first in Europe.

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