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Pharmacists must be ready to take the lead on biosimilars

Pharmacists should take the lead in increasing the adoption of biosimilars in clinical practice, says a review of the implications of biosimilars for pharmacy practice. The review suggests that pharmacists in all settings can take a key role in advocating for biosimilars [1].

Use of pegfilgrastim copy biological Mecapegfilgrastim in neutropenia

Italian oncologists report on studies carried out with a new pegfilgrastim copy biological, Mecapegfilgrastim (HHPG-19K) [1].

Biosimilar education for Canadian nurses

In general, Canadian nurses are familiar with biosimilars. However, according to authors Sehdev et al., they may have knowledge gaps in their specific understanding, resulting in a significant unmet need for education.

Brazilian efficacy and safety data for biosimilar infliximab CT-P13 in the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Celltrion/Hospira’s infliximab biosimilar Remsima/Inflectra (CT-P13) was authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2013 [1] and by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 [2].

Biologicals and biosimilar use in Asian patients with IBD

The increasing incidence of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) has become a major challenge for gastroenterologists in some Asian countries, particularly China, Japan and Korea. This subject was discussed in the August 2019 issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology [1].

Samsung reveals positive trial results for bevacizumab biosimilar, but admits to failure with rituximab

A phase III trial of Samsung Bioepis’ bevacizumab biosimilar has shown equivalence to reference drug Avastin (bevacizumab). However, the company has admitted to failures in its attempt to develop a rituximab biosimilar at a recent trial in the Seoul Central District Court.

Clinical data requirements for biosimilars in the EU: immunogenicity comparability

The totality of evidence approach for biosimilars in the European Union (EU) was discussed in a review paper [1] using case studies to illustrate biosimilars for which differences were observed in different parts of the comparability exercise and the justification for why these differences did not preclude regulatory approval.

Biosimilars regulation in Canada: state of play

A paper recently published in GaBI Journal provides an update on the regulation and reimbursement of biosimilars in Canada, including changes to the regulation on switching and processes for private plan reimbursement [1].

Clinical data requirements for biosimilars in the EU: efficacy comparability

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) uses a totality of evidence approach in its regulatory review process for biosimilar approval. As part of this, the biosimilar should demonstrate that it does not have clinically meaningful differences from the originator biological, based on comparative clinical studies.

Clinical data requirements for biosimilars in the EU: PK and PD comparability

In their article [1], authors from the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), discussed the totality of evidence approach for biosimilars in the European Union (EU) using case studies to illustrate biosimilars for which differences were observed in different parts of the comparability exercise and on the justification for why these differences did not preclude regulatory approval.