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Positive phase III results for cetuximab and infliximab copy biologicals

US-based biopharmaceutical company Sorrento Therapeutics (Sorrento) announced on 11 January 2016 that its partner, MabTech had successfully completed phase III clinical trials in China for STI-001, a copy biological for cetuximab (Erbitux) and STI‑002, a copy biological for infliximab (Remicade). Both STI-001 and STI-002 met their primary endpoints in confirmatory, randomized, controlled, two-part phase III studies.

Lack of health insurance limits access to biologicals in India

One example of a negative driver of the ‘similar biologics’ market in India is the lack of health insurance in the country [1].

Factors affecting the uptake of ‘similar biologics’ in India

In his review of similar biologics in India, Dr Nagaraj Malipatil, a clinical pharmacologist from Bangalore, attempted to address what are the drivers and the limitations to the ‘similar biologics’ market in India [1].

Partnerships driving similar biologics development in India

With biosimilars grabbing an increasing share of the global biologicals market and with India providing a cheaper place to carry out research and development, more international players are partnering with Indian companies.

Domestic biologicals cost less in India

One of the factors increasing the use of similar biologics in India is the fact that domestic biologicals cost much less than the originator brand-name biologicals [1].

Low costs and less stringent regulatory requirements in India

Dr Nagaraj Malipatil, a clinical pharmacologist, from Bangalore, India in his review of ‘similar biologics’ in India, outlines some of the drivers of the ‘similar biologics’ market in India [1].

Pegfilgrastim biosimilar as safe and effective as Neulasta

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 7 December 2015 positive results from a phase III study of its pegfilgrastim biosimilar (LA-EP2006).

Regulation and uptake of ‘similar biologics’ in India

India has, by far, demonstrated the greatest acceptance of ‘similar biologics’. But what are the drivers and the limitations to the ‘similar biologics’ market in India? This is a question Dr Nagaraj Malipatil, a clinical pharmacologist, from Bangalore, India tried to address in his review of similar biologics in India [1].

Assessing the immunogenicity of monoclonal antibodies

Safety is a major concern when it comes to biologicals (including biosimilars) and the most critical safety concern is immunogenicity. This is especially important in monoclonal antibody (mAb) biologicals, which are large molecules with complex structures and functions and which represent the largest class of biologicals [1].

Positive phase III results for adalimumab biosimilar

US-based biologicals giant Amgen announced on 9 November 2015 that results from a phase III study of its adalimumab biosimilar (ABP 501) had ‘met the primary endpoint’.

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