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China accepts IND application for denosumab copy biological HLX14

China-based drugmaker Shanghai Henlius Biotech (Henlius) announced on 27 May 2020 that China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), had accepted an investigational new drug application (IND) for HLX4, a denosumab copy biological.

EMA recommends approval of trastuzumab biosimilar Zercepac

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 29 May 2020 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a biosimilar trastuzumab product.

Teva launches rituximab biosimilar Truxima in US

Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) and partner, South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion, announced on 4 May 2020 that they had launched their rituximab biosimilar Truxima (TL011) in the US.

Trials of ustekinumab biosimilars advance

Japan-based Meiji Seika Pharma, together with the South Korean company Dong-A, have begun a phase I trial for their ustekinumab biosimilar. Meanwhile, the Australian firm NeuClone has reported results from the phase I trial of its ustekinumab biosimilar, NeuLara.

Denosumab copy biological clinical trial application accepted in China

China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), has accepted a clinical trial application of denosumab copy biological HLX14.

Canada approves rituximab biosimilars Riximyo and Ruxience

Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved the rituximab biosimilars Riximyo (GP2013) and Ruxience (PF-05280586) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis as well as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

EMA recommends approval of Sanofi’s insulin aspart biosimilar

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 30 April 2020 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for an insulin aspart biosimilar.

Pegfilgrastim biosimilar Fulphila launched in Canada

US-based drugmaker Mylan and partner, India-based biologicals specialist Biocon, announced on 28 April 2020 the launch of their pegfilgrastim biosimilar, Fulphila, in Canada. This is the second biosimilar from the pair to be launched in the country.

Celltrion files application with EMA for adalimumab biosimilar

Celltrion has submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its adalimumab biosimilar, currently known as CT-P17.

Biocon/Mylan launch pegfilgrastim biosimilar Fulphila in Australia

US-based drugmaker Mylan and partner India-based biologicals specialist Biocon have announced the launch of their pegfilgrastim biosimilar, Fulphila, in Australia. The drug can be used to treat neutropenia (a lack of white blood cells) in cancer patients.