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Savings to be made by using etanercept biosimilar in UK

A study of patients taking etanercept to treat rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis in the UK has shown that there are substantial savings to be made by using the biosimilar [1].

Positive results for infliximab biosimilar in Crohn’s disease

Results of a phase III study of Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar (Remsima; CT-P13) ‘indicate that the safety and efficacy of CT-P13 in patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn’s disease is comparable to those treated with reference infliximab’.

Candidate trastuzumab biosimilar meets equivalence requirements

Mylan and Biocon reported that their jointly developed, candidate trastuzumab biosimilar (MYL-1401O), had met equivalence requirements. The results of the study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in January 2017 [1].

Safe for IBD patients to switch to biosimilar infliximab

A UK study has shown that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients can be safely switched from originator infliximab, Johnson & Johnson’s and Merck’s Remicade, to biosimilar infliximab using a managed-switching programme [1].

Regional management of biosimilars in Germany

Biosimilars offer alternative treatment options and reduce the financial burden on healthcare systems often brought about by more expensive originator drugs. Approved biosimilars of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) inhibitors, such as infliximab or etanercept, are managed differently across Europe. A recent study by Dr Mathias Flume assesses the prescription structure and regional uptake of these biosimilars across Germany, with focus on the Westphalia-Lippe region [1].

Positive results for Pfizer’s adalimumab biosimilar

US pharma giant, Pfizer, reported positive top-line results from a comparative study of their candidate adalimumab biosimilar (PF-06410293). The originator biological, AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) had sales of just over US$14 billion in 2015 [1], up 11.7% on the previous year, and retaining its place as the top grossing pharmaceutical product globally.

Positive phase III results for adalimumab biosimilar from Coherus

A phase III study of an adalimumab biosimilar (CHS‑1420) from Coherus has reported that the biosimilar is ‘similar’ to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab), according to the company.

Position statement on approval of biosimilars in Latin America

The Fifth Latin American Forum on Biosimilars (FLAB) was held in Brasilia, Brazil in 2015 with the theme of ‘Interchangeability and Automatic Substitution’.  Discussions centred on the approval of CT-P13, an infliximab biosimilar; and RTXM83, a proposed rituximab biosimilar, in both Brazil and Argentina. Following these discussions, Babini et al. [1] published a FLAB position statement on the approval of these monoclonal antibody biosimilars in the context of current regulations in these two Latin American countries.

Improvement in uptake of biosimilars in Spain

Author Ainhoa Aranguren Oyarzábal and colleagues from the Madrid Health Service (MHS), Spain found that there has been an increase in the uptake of biosimilars in Spain since indicators were introduced [1].

Uptake of biosimilars increasing in Spain

Use of biosimilars in Madrid, Spain, has increased after approaches were introduced to try and improve uptake of biosimilars in the country, according to Ainhoa Aranguren Oyarzábal and colleagues from the Madrid Health Service (MHS), Spain [1].

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