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Challenges and opportunities for anticancer mAbs

Several best-selling monocloncal antibodies (mAbs) are due to lose patent protection; presenting regulatory authorities with a complex set of challenges as they prepare for the arrival of novel biosimilars, note Ebbers and co-authors at Utrecht University, The Netherlands [1].

Phase III QoL assessments show comparability of biosimilar infliximab

The results of phase III quality of life (QoL) assessments of a candidate biosimilar infliximab (CT-P13) have shown the comparability of the biosimilar (CT-P13) and its reference product, Johnson & Johnson’s rheumatoid arthritis blockbuster Remicade (infliximab).

Phase I study shows equivalence of biosimilar rituximab and MabThera

The results of a randomized, controlled, multicentre, two-arm, parallel-group, double-blind study of CT-P10 (rituximab) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis has shown the equivalence, with respect to pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety, of the biosimilar (CT-P10) and its reference product, Roche’s rheumatoid arthritis blockbuster MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab).

Non-clinical and phase I clinical assessments show similarity of biosimilar rituximab

The results of non-clinical and phase I clinical assessments of a candidate biosimilar rituximab (PF-05280586) have shown similarity, with respect to in vivo, functional characteristics and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties, of the biosimilar (PF-05280586) and its reference product, Roche’s rheumatoid arthritis blockbuster MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab).

Non-clinical study shows similarity of biosimilar etanercept

The results of a non-clinical study of a candidate biosimilar etanercept (GP2015) has shown the similarity, with respect to in vitro and in vivo characteristics, of the biosimilar (GP2015) and its reference product, Amgen’s blockbuster autoimmune disease treatment Enbrel (etanercept).

Sharing biosimilars substitution information with patients critical

On 12 October 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation known as SB 598. Some believed this bill would have impeded access to biosimilars, but others believe it would have supported and strengthened patient-provider communication [1].

Open-label studies show similarity of biosimilar infliximab and Remicade

The results of two open-label extension studies of Inflectra (CT-P13; infliximab), one in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the other in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, have confirmed the similarity, with respect to efficacy and safety, of the biosimilar infliximab and its reference product, Johnson & Johnson’s rheumatoid arthritis blockbuster Remicade (infliximab).

Etanercept biosimilar has comparable pharmacokinetics to Enbrel

An etanercept biosimilar (CHS-0214) from fledgling biotech company Coherus Biosciences (Coherus) has shown comparable pharmacokinetics in a pivotal clinical study.

Use of similar biotherapeutic products to treat rheumatoid arthritis in Latin America

Latin America has a significantly lower gross domestic product (GDP) compared to Canada, Europe and the US. Despite this fact, the cost of biologicals is in general very similar to countries with higher GDP, causing problems for patients to gain access to these medications. This problem could possibly be solved by the introduction of lower-cost biosimilars to the region.

Clinical trials for follow-on biological products in Brazil

Unlike for generic drugs, authorizing biosimilars without conducting quality clinical trials represents a real threat to patients, according to Professor Valderílio Feijó Azevedo, Professor of Rheumatology at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil [1].

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