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Two trastuzumab biosimilars submitted to FDA

Two different groups announced that their trastuzumab biosimilars had been successfully submitted to the US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) for review.

EC approval for three rituximab biosimilars

On 13 July 2017, three rituximab biosimilars, Blizima, Rituzena (previously Tuxella) and Ritemvia, received European Commission (EC) approval.

Boehringer Ingelheim starts phase III interchangeability trial for adalimumab biosimilar

Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Boehringer Ingelheim) announced on 27 July 2017 that the first patient had been enrolled into the phase III VOLTAIRE‑X interchangeability study of its adalimumab biosimilar (BI 695501). The company says the trial ‘is the first study in the US to investigate an interchangeability designation for an adalimumab biosimilar candidate’.

FDA approves adalimumab biosimilar Cyltezo

On 25 August 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its second biosimilar version of AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab).

EC approval for adalimumab biosimilar Imraldi

Samsung Bioepis announced on 25 August 2017 that it had received European Commission (EC) approval for its biosimilar adalimumab product Imraldi.

Hanwha to transfer biosimilar etanercept technology to Merck KGaA

South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical Corporation (Hanwha) has reportedly signed a contract with German drug maker Merck KGaA (Merck Group) to export the technology to make its biosimilar etanercept drug.

Biocad’s rituximab ‘similar biologic’ recommended for approval in India

Russian biotechnology company Biocad announced on 4 July 2017 that it would ‘soon’ receive marketing approval for its rituximab ‘similar biologic’ in India under the trade name Acellbia.

FDA accepts application for Celltrion/Teva’s rituximab biosimilar

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion and partner Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceuticals (Teva) announced on 29 June 2017 that the regulatory submission for their proposed rituximab biosimilar (CT‑P10) had been accepted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA rejects Pfizer’s epoetin alfa biosimilar

US pharma giant Pfizer announced on 22 June 2017 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had rejected its application for approval of its epoetin alfa biosimilar.

Biocad registers rituximab similar biotherapeutic product in Bolivia and Honduras

Russian biotechnology company Biocad announced on 6 June 2017 that it had obtained a marketing authorization for its rituximab ‘similar biotherapeutic product’ in Bolivia and Honduras under the trade name Usmal.

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