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Pharmacovigilance compliance for biocomparables in Mexico

Filgrastim is widely used in Mexico, as in other countries. Its patent has expired and hence several non-originator biologicals have appeared. Following WHO guidelines, the General Health Law of Mexico was modified in 2009 to provide a solid regulatory environment for biosimilars (or biocomparables as they are called in Mexico) [1].

Positive phase I results for pegfilgrastim biosimilar

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 1 October 2015 that results from a phase I study of its pegfilgrastim biosimilar (CHS‑1701) had met its primary endpoint.

Answers to questions about anti-TNF biosimilars

While the potential pharmacoeconomic benefits of cost-effective biosimilars seem clear, several issues have been raised regarding, for example, the definition of biosimilarity and the validity of indication extrapolation, as well as the ‘switchability’ and relative immunogenicity of biosimilars and their reference drugs. In a review by Isaacs and co-authors, these questions with reference to CT-P13 (Remsima, Inflectra), a biosimilar of the anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) monoclonal antibody infliximab (Remicade) were discussed [1].

Biosimilar epoetin-α as effective as originator in anaemia treatment

A study by researchers in Italy has concluded that biosimilar epoetin‑α appears to be comparable to originator epoetin‑α plus liposomal iron (Sideral), vitamin B12 and folates in terms of efficacy and safety for the treatment of refractory anaemia [1].

Biosimilar etanercept safe and effective

In a study funded by Samsung Bioepsis (a Biogen and Samsung joint venture), their candidate etanercept biosimilar (SB4) has been found to be safe and well tolerated and to be equivalent in terms of efficacy compared to Enbrel (etanercept) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) [1].

Positive phase III results for bevacizumab biosimilar

Results of a phase III trial have demonstrated the similarity of partners Amgen and Allergan’s biosimilar bevacizumab candidate (ABP 215) to Avastin in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Pharmacoeconomic modelling of biosimilars in the US

There are many challenges and uncertainties associated with the introduction of biosimilars to the US. To try and address these, authors from the Partnership for Health Analytic Research developed a conceptual framework to provide guidance in modelling biosimilars in the US setting [1].

Etanar as effective as adalimumab and infliximab in rheumatoid arthritis

A study of Etanar – an etanercept similar biotherapeutic product – has shown that it is as effective as adalimumab and infliximab in a cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis in a real-life setting [1].

Phase III results of adalimumab biosimilar demonstrate equivalence

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen Idec’s joint venture Samsung Bioepis announced on 6 July 2015 phase III data demonstrating the ‘clinical equivalence’ of their adalimumab biosimilar (SB5) compared to the originator biological, Humira.

Non-originator bevacizumab candidate non-inferior to Avastin

Results of a phase III clinical study of Biocad’s non-originator bevacizumab candidate BCD-021 demonstrated ‘equivalence’ compared to the originator biological (Avastin) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [1].