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COVID-19 drug trials underway

There are over 200 trials for COVID-19 currently in progress. These include trials of monoclonal antibodies, including from the South Korean firm Celltrion, as well as vaccines, notably from the Chinese firm CanSino Biologics.

Aurobindo/Sandoz deal falls through, biosimilars business transferred to subsidiary

It has been announced that Aurobindo Pharma’s planned deal to take over the US generic oral solids and dermatology businesses of Sandoz has fallen through. More recently, the company has transferred its biosimilars business to its wholly owned subsidiary CuraTeQ Biologics.

Fresenius Kabi signs marketing agreement for adalimumab biosimilar

German pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi has signed an agreement with methotrexate supplier Medac for the sale of its adalimumab biosimilar Idacio. The agreement is likely to boost sales of Idacio.

Success for Celltrion in Japan and Samsung Bioepis in Europe

South Korean biosimilar manufacturer Celltrion’s trastuzumab biosimilar has gained a 40% market share in Japan. Meanwhile, Samsung Bioepis, which is also headquartered in South Korea, announced European sales in excess of US$200 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Canadian firm Bausch + Lomb signs agreement on Lucentis biosimilar

Canadian eye health specialists Bausch + Lomb have signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Stada and its development partner Xbrane to develop and commercialize a Lucentis biosimilar in Canada and the US.

Mycenax sells tocilizumab biosimilar to Richter

Taiwanese biosimilars developer Mycenax announced on 28 April 2020 that it had made a deal with Hungary-based Gedeon Richter (Richter) regarding its tocilizumab biosimilar.

Dr Reddy’s buys Wockhardt plant and Strides acquires 18 ANDAs

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (Dr Reddy’s) is to acquire US$260 million worth of Wockhardt’s business including a major manufacturing facility in India, while Strides is to acquire 18 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for the US market.

FDA’s response to coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a comprehensive statement regarding effects on the supply chain and inspections of plants overseas.

Roche continues litigation in India and receives fine in Romania

Switzerland-based pharmaceutical giant Roche is continuing to pursue legal action in India over a trastuzumab similar biologic and has recently been fined in Romania for delaying the entry of biosimilars to the market.

New biosimilars partnerships from Alvotech and Biocon

Alvotech has formed an exclusive partnership with JAMP Pharma (JAMP) for the commercialization of its biosimilars in Canada, while Biocon has expanded its collaboration with Equillium to include Australia and New Zealand.