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Positive phase III results for Sandoz etanercept biosimilar

Results of a study of Sandoz’s etanercept biosimilar (GP2015) compared to Amgen/Pfizer’s arthritis blockbuster Enbrel (etanercept) have shown ‘equivalent efficacy’, according to the company.

Study supports interchangeability of TNF-α biosimilars

For years, the costs of drugs have been rising. Prescription drug spending in the US rose by 12.6% in 2014 and almost 1 in 4 Americans report difficulty affording their prescriptions. A familiar situation in many countries, the escalating costs of drugs make them unaffordable for a large part of the world.

More positive phase I results for Coherus pegfilgrastim biosimilar

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 11 July 2016 that follow-on results from a phase I study of its candidate pegfilgrastim biosimilar (CHS 1701) were positive.

Biosimilars for use in fertility treatment

As patents expire on originator products, there is increasing interest in developing biosimilars globally. Authors Raoul Orvieto and David Seifer from the Sheba Medical Center and Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University in Israel investigated biosimilars used in fertility treatment [1].

Safety and efficacy of Remsima in IBD patients in clinical practice

Researchers from Spain presented results from a study of the use of the infliximab biosimilar Remsima in ulcerative colitis disease patients in clinical practice after six months treatment.

Use of biosimilars in oncology in France

Biosimilar drugs are biological drugs clinically similar to their reference products. They correspond to a generic drug approach applied to biological agents. The goal of biosimilars is to open the market and to provide significantly less costly biological agents. The approval of biosimilars is abbreviated when compared to that of the reference biologicals, but includes clinical trials (distinguishing them from generics). In oncology, the currently available biosimilars filgrastim and epoetin alfa are used in supportive care. Author Dominique Leveque from the Hôpital Hautepierre, Strasbourg, France discusses the situation regarding the use of biosimilars in France [1].

Pharmaceutical price regulation in Saudi Arabia: a countdown to affordable biosimilars

The pricing of pharmaceuticals and biosimilars is generally subject to national regulatory control. Regulation is in place to ensure pharmaceutical affordability, yet enable profitability for pharmaceutical companies and facilitate innovation. A recent paper on pharmaceutical price regulation in Saudi Arabia by Alhomaidan et al. [1], charts the regulatory procedures in place, and outlines how their evolution has led to today’s regulated pricing of biosimilars.

Positive phase III results for Amgen’s trastuzumab biosimilar

Results of a study of Amgen and Allergen’s trastuzumab biosimilar (ABP 980) compared to Herceptin (trastuzumab) have ‘ruled out inferiority’, according to the company.

Pharmacovigilance of biologicals in Denmark

As a result of the increasing use of biologicals and biosimilars in Denmark, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in partnership with the country’s regulatory agency has set up an action plan to monitor biologicals and improve pharmacovigilance, as well as to improve understanding among healthcare professionals and patients [1].

Evolution of biosimilars in developed and developing countries

The development of biologicals has experienced continuous growth over the past three decades. The expiration of patent protection for many biologicals has led to the development of biosimilars in many countries around the world. This paper reviews the literature on biosimilars and covers their therapeutic status, clinical trials, approved biosimilars and regulatory guidelines in Japan, South Korea and Malaysia [1].

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