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Rationale for biosimilar assessment without efficacy trials Biosimilars/Research | Posted 06/11/2020

An article published in Drug Discovery Today explores the necessity of the clinical efficacy trial in biosimilarity assessments [1].

Innovent and Eli Lilly receive approval for rituximab copy biological in China Biosimilars/News | Posted 06/11/2020

Innovent Biologics and Eli Lilly have received joint marketing approval from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in China for their rituximab copy biological, Halpryza. 

UK releases post-Brexit biosimilar guidelines Guidelines | Posted 06/11/2020

The UK has left the European Union (EU) and the exit transition period ends in January 2021. At this point, the regulation of medicines and devices will be transferred to the UK's Medicines and Hea...

Shared decision-making and the transition to biosimilars Biosimilars/Research | Posted 06/11/2020

Increasing healthcare cost are forcing health authorities to look for low-cost innovations to help bend the cost curve. Biosimilars, a biotherapeutic product which is similar in terms of quality, s...

Brazil sees a COVID vaccine setback but treatment advancement Generics/General | Posted 06/11/2020

In Brazil’s quest to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a volunteer death in a potential vaccine trial, but a potential treatment option has emerged. Brazil has the second number of COVID...

Essex and Henlius collaborate to deliver bevacizumab biosimilar for ophthalmic diseases Pharma News | Posted 06/11/2020

On 15 October 2020, it was announced that two Essex Bio-Technology subsidiaries were entering an agreement with Shanghai Henlius Biotech. Under this, Essex Bio-Investment and Zhuhai Essex Bio-Pharm...

Smart healthcare spending and the Falsified Medicines Directive in Europe Reports | Posted 06/11/2020

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) has issued a white paper on ‘Strengthening health systems through smart spending’ and a ‘Benefits beyond the EU Falsifi...

Changes to New Zealand law for quick access to COVID-19 vaccine Policies & Legislation | Posted 06/11/2020

The global race for COVID-19 vaccines is on. New Zealand has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars in a bid to get quick access to a vaccine, once found. Although the actual sum has not yet bee...