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Amgen sues Sandoz over filgrastim biosimilar

Biologicals major Amgen is suing Sandoz to stop the biosimilars maker from marketing a biosimilar of its top-selling product Neupogen (filgrastim) in the US. Amgen claims in its lawsuit that Sandoz did not follow the rules for biosimilar development.

Study into switching from Aranesp to biosimilar epoetin alfa

Biologicals major Amgen has started recruiting patients for a clinical trial to study the effect of switching patients from the originator biological Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) to biosimilar epoetin alfa, in other words, from a long-acting to a short-acting epoetin.

Coherus sells shares to raise funds for biosimilars programme

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) is looking for further funding for its biosimilar programme. The company is preparing to sell shares in the company in order to raise funds to get three of the biosimilars in its pipeline through clinical trials.

Stada in-licenses teriparatide biosimilar

German generics giant Stada Arzneimittel (Stada) announced on 13 October 2014 that it had made a deal to in-licensing a teriparatide biosimilar.

LG Life Sciences and Mochida make deal for adalimumab biosimilar

South Korea-based LG Life Sciences and Japan-based Mochida Pharmaceutical (Mochida) announced on 15 October 2014 that they had signed a deal to co-develop and commercialize an adalimumab biosimilar for the Japanese market.

Epirus and Livzon collaborate on copy biologicals for China

US-based Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (Epirus) announced on 25 September 2014 that it had signed a collaboration agreement with Chinese biotechnology company Livzon Mabpharm (Livzon).

Infliximab ‘similar biologic’ receives Indian approval

US-based biologicals company Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (Epirus) announced on 15 September 2014 that it had received final marketing and manufacturing approvals for its infliximab similar biologic, BOW015, from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

Mylan starts phase III trials for biosimilar insulin glargine

Generics maker Mylan has started two US phase III clinical trials for a biosimilar version of French drugmaker Sanofi’s diabetes drug Lantus (insulin glargine).

Long-term safety study of biosimilar anti-TNF initiated

The Polish Society of Gastroenterology is starting an observational trial to study the long-term safety of anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) antibodies, including biosimilars, in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to ClinicalTrials.gov.

Roche updates position on biosimilars

Originator pharma company Roche has updated its position statement on biosimilars, stating that ‘biosimilars are not quite the same’.