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Biopharmaceuticals and biosimilars: manufacturing processes Biosimilars/Research | Posted 16/10/2020

The active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in biopharmaceuticals is manufactured using living systems such as microbial and mammalian cells. Due to this, their manufacture is complex. A recent revi...

EC approval for bevacizumab biosimilar Equidacent Biosimilars/News | Posted 16/10/2020

Centus Biotherapeutics Ltd announced on 29 September 2020 that the European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization for Equidacent, its Avastin (bevacizumab) biosimilar.

Clinical development challenges faced by orphan drug biosimilar developers Reports | Posted 16/10/2020

Biosimilar development is more costly and requires greater effort to conduct analytical and clinical testing than generic drug development. These challenges can be amplified when developing a biosi...

China accepts application for bevacizumab copy biological Biosimilars/News | Posted 16/10/2020

The National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in China has accepted an investigational new drug (IND) application for a bevacizumab copy biological developed by 3SBio and Samsung Bioepis. 

Lotus to distribute CKD’s biosimilar darbepoetin alfa in South East Asia Pharma News | Posted 16/10/2020

On 18 September 2020, Taiwan-based Lotus Pharmaceutical Co (Lotus) announced a long-term collaboration with Korea-based Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp (CKD) for the distribution of biosimilar d...

Pharmacists are key to quality use of medicines for biosimilars Biosimilars/Research | Posted 16/10/2020

A commissioned review in The Pharmaceutical Journal [1] on interchangeability of biosimilars highlights the pivotal role pharmacists play in the adoption and appropriate use of biosimilars.

Sun Pharma launches Ilumya in Japan and favipiravir in India Generics/News | Posted 16/10/2020

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc (Sun Pharma) announced that their innovative biopharmaceutical product, Ilumya (tildrakizumab), will be launched in Japan. As a producer of generics, rather than b...

Australian diabetes organizations issue biosimilars position statement Biosimilars/General | Posted 16/10/2020

In June 2020, the Australian Diabetes Society, Australian Diabetes Educators Association and Diabetes Australia, published a position statement on the use of biosimilar ‘insulins’ for diabetes.