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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].

Extrapolation of biosimilar infliximab indications to inflammatory bowel disease

Gastroenterologists are wary of using biosimilars of infliximab in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. This fact is being evidenced by the publication of position statements from various professional groups.

The future of nanomedicines – nanosimilars

First there were generics, then came biosimilars and soon the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is anticipating the first nanosimilars, or similar versions of originator nanomedicines.

More immunogenicity data needed for biosimilar mAbs

Eight therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) will lose EU and US patent protection before 2020, making way for a new class of biosimilar. The promise of biosimilar mAbs is enticing, but these are more complex molecules than current biosimilars and it is unclear how their similarity with originator mAbs will be tested.

The future of biosimilar mAbs in Europe

Biosimilars – products that are similar to originator biological medicinal products – have had a positive impact on healthcare systems. But it takes up to four years following market approval before biosimilars are accepted by the clinical community and by the people holding the purse strings. Now, a new class of biosimilar –monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) – is set to challenge the system further, writes Professor Andrea Laslop of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety [1].

Regulation of similar biotherapeutic products in Latin America

Regulation of similar biotherapeutic products (SBPs) in Latin America varies widely among different countries and, although many countries have yet to introduce guidance for biosimilars, the region is moving towards increasing standards of regulation for these products [1, 2].

Positive phase III data for Epirus infliximab biosimilar

US-based Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (Epirus) announced on 28 August 2013 that its biosimilar infliximab candidate had demonstrated ‘clinical comparability’ to Remicade as measured by the ACR20 response in severe rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Biosimilar manufacturers fail to compete in Italy

In the current global economic crisis, significant savings on healthcare spending should be made as a result of increased competition between manufacturers of off-patent biologicals or biosimilars. If only that were so, writes Professor Livio Garattini at the Centre for Health Economics, Ranica, Italy [1], who has analysed the pricing of off-patent biologicals in Italy, a country particularly hard hit by the economic downturn.

Assessment of efficacy and safety of biosimilars in rheumatology

During the last decade, the availability of biological therapies has revolutionized the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Biologicals, unlike small-molecule chemical drugs, are extremely complex molecules, making producing biosimilars far from a simple process.

Cost savings from use of biosimilars in rheumatology

The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis provides a clear argument in favour of developing biosimilars and the need to collect sufficient pharmacological data to validate their bioequivalence and interchangeability.

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