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Cipla invests in biosimilars

India-based generics’ manufacturer Cipla is increasing its presence in the biosimilars’ market with major investments planned for the near future, according to a report in the Indian newspaper Business Standard.

Dr Reddy’s launches biosimilar Aranesp

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories increases its stake in the biosimilars’ market with the latest launch in India from its biosimilars’ programme. Cresp is the first generic darbepoetin alfa in the world, and the only darbepoetin alfa in India. Darbepoetin alfa is used for the treatment of anaemia due to chronic kidney disease and chemotherapy.

Good news for biosimilar enoxaparin sodium

French pharma giant sanofi-aventis (sanofi) has been denied a request to block sales of a generic version of its Lovenox blood thinner by a US district court.

FDA approves first biosimilar enoxaparin sodium

On 23 July 2010, Momenta Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz announced that they had received approval from the FDA for their biosimilar version of sanofi-aventis’s (sanofi-aventis’s ) blockbuster blood thinning drug, Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium).

Cipla enters the biosimilars market

India-based generics’ manufacturer Cipla is paying US$65 million to buy a significant minority stake in two Asian biotech companies with plans to develop a range of discounted biosimilars, generic substitutable versions of branded biologic drugs. Cipla's Chairman says he specifically wants to create follow-on therapies to three of Roche's top biologics – Avastin, Enbrel and Herceptin – that account annually for US$19 billion in sales.

Hospira’s biosimilar filgrastim product Nivestim approved

On 10 June 2010, Hospira received approval from the European Commission for its biosimilar filgrastim product, Nivestim, for the prevention of febrile neutropenia and reduction in duration of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.

Development of a new biosimilar filgrastim product (Zarzio)

Filgrastim, a growth factor, is used to aid the recovery of bone marrow after chemotherapy treatment for cancer, especially in patients with neutropenia (low white blood cell count in the blood), causing reduced host defence.

Health Canada issues finalised guidance on biosimilars

Health Canada has released the finalised version of its Guidance Document on the approval of Subsequent Entry Biologics (SEBs), which is effective as of 5 March 2010.

Ranbaxy to develop biosimilars with US-based Pfenex

On 29 March 2010, Daiichi Sankyo’s Ranbaxy Laboratories in India announced its collaboration with US-based Pfenex on the development of an undisclosed biosimilar therapeutic protein with the Pfenex Expression Technology platform, a Pseudomonas-based recombinant protein expression technology.

US healthcare reform passed: Biosimilars Pathway in US with 12 years exclusivity for biologics

The US House of Representatives voted 219-212 on March 21 2010 to approve President Mr Barack Obama’s US$940 billion, 10-year health reform, and he could now sign the bill into law as early as 23 March 2010.