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EMA approval for Pegfilgrastim Mundipharma

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 18 October 2019 that it had recommended granting of a marketing authorization for the pegfilgrastim biosimilar Pegfilgrastim Mundipharma.

Russian approval for non-originator dornase alfa

Russian biotechnology company Generium and Swiss-based cell-line producer Selexis announced on 17 September 2019 that the Russian Ministry of Health had approved their dornase alfa non-originator biological drug, Tigerase. The drug is a non-originator biological of Roche’s Pulmozyme (dornase alfa).

FDA approves Pfenex’s follow-on teriparatide product

US-based biotech firm Pfenex announced on 7 October 2019 that it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its follow-on teriparatide product (PF708).

Biocon/Mylan launch first insulin glargine biosimilar in Australia

India-based biologicals specialist Biocon and US-based partner Mylan announced on 3 October 2019 the launch of the first insulin glargine biosimilar in Australia available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Three darbepoetin alfa biosimilars approved in Japan

Three pharmaceutical companies have announced approval of their anaemia treatments for sale on the Japanese market, while Mochida reveals it will sell the first teriparatide biosimilar in the country.

iBio and CC-Pharming collaborate for rituximab copy biological in China

Biotechnology company iBio, self-professed leader in the plant-made pharmaceutical field, announced on 27 August 2019 that it will expand its collaboration with China-based CC-Pharming for a rituximab copy biological in China.

Positive EMA-CHMP opinion for SC infliximab biosimilar

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 22 September 2019 that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) had recommended for approval the company’s subcutaneous (SC) formulation of its infliximab biosimilar (CT-P13) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Samsung Bioepis to supply Brenzys to Brazil under production development partnership

On 10 September 2019, Samsung Bioepis announced that it had signed a productive development partnership (PDP) with Brazil’s Ministry of Health to supply Brenzys, a similar biotherapeutic product to rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel (etanercept), to Brazil for the next 10 years.

Trastuzumab biosimilar Herzuma approved in Canada

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 10 September 2019 that Health Canada had approved its trastuzumab biosimilar Herzuma.

China approves new formulation of etanercept copy biological Yisaipu

China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), has approved Yisaipu, an etanercept copy biological as a pre-filled syringe.