FDA approves first eculizumab biosimilar Bkemv for two rare diseases

Biosimilars/News | Posted 09/07/2024

On 28 May 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Amgen's Bkemv (eculizumab-aeeb), the first biosimilar to AstraZeneca's rare blood disorder treatment Soliris approved in the US.

Efficacy and safety of the proposed P043 (Zerafil) vs reference omalizumab in allergic asthma

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 09/07/2024

In June 2024, the results of a phase III clinical trial of P043/Zerafil (omalizumab), a proposed biosimilar of Novartis’ Xolair produced by CinnaGen in Iran, showed no significant difference in efficacy and safety parameters to the originator.

EC biosimilar approvals: Omlyclo, Jubbonti/Wyost, and Pyzchiva

Biosimilars/News | Posted 03/07/2024

The European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization for four biosimilars. They are Celltrion’s Omlyclo (omalizumab), Sandoz’s denosumab biosimilars Jubbonti and Wyost, and Samsung Bioepis’ Pyzchiva (ustekinumab). Furthermore, the EC approves expanded indication for Samsung Bioepis' Epysqli (eculizumab) to include treatment of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS).

Tocilizumab and pembrolizumab biosimilar advances for Korean firms

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 03/07/2024

In June 2024, Celltrion announced promising results from their Phase III study for CT-P47, a biosimilar candidate of RoActemra (tocilizumab), in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Additionally, the company has submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the phase III clinical trial of CT-P51, its Keytruda (pembrolizumab) biosimilar. This announcement follows the news that in April 2024, rival Korean biologicals company Samsung Bioepis initiated a Phase III clinical trial for SB27, their pembrolizumab biosimilar.

Boehringer Ingelheim to expand access to adalimumab biosimilar

Biosimilars/General | Posted 03/07/2024

On 13 May 2024, Boehringer Ingelheim (Boehringer) announced an agreement with Quallent Pharmaceuticals, a private label pharmaceutical distributor, to help expand patient access to citrate-free adalimumab-adbm, Boehringer’s biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) in the US.

EMA recommends approval of biosimilar bevacizumab Avzivi

Biosimilars/News | Posted 25/06/2024

On 30 May 2024, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending the granting of marketing authorization for Avzivi (bevacizumab), Bio-Thera Solutions’ (Bio-Thera) biosimilar of the reference product Avastin.

Challenges and progress in the registration of biosimilars in Latin America

Biosimilars/General | Posted 25/06/2024

Biosimilar medicines offer an effective and economical alternative to biotechnological medicines, with a rapidly expanding global market. However, Latin America still faces several significant challenges. The obstacles and advancements experienced in recent years are detailed below.

FDA approves first interchangeable aflibercept biosimilars to treat macular degeneration

Biosimilars/News | Posted 19/06/2024

On 20 May 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Biocon Biologic’s Yesafili (aflibercept-jbvf) and Samsung Bioepis and Biogen's Opuviz (aflibercept-yszy) as the first interchangeable biosimilars to Regeneron and Bayer's Eylea (aflibercept). The Samsung Bioepis product has also been launched in South Korea under brand name, Afilivu.

Canada's path to biosimilar adoption and healthcare accessibility: insights from British Columbia

Biosimilars/General | Posted 19/06/2024

Canada’s British Columbia transitioned to biosimilars in November 2019, achieving significant cost savings reinvested in BC PharmaCare. This initiative has improved drug coverage, expanding access to various medications and medical devices.

FDA approves ustekinumab trastuzumab, and tocilizumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 19/06/2024

In April 2024, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approved Alvotech and Teva’s Selarsdi (ustekinumab-aekn), a biosimilar to Stelara and Shanghai Henlius Biotech’s Herceptin biosimilar, Hercessi (trastuzumab-strf). This comes after the March 2024 news of the approval of Fresenius Kabi’s Tyenne (tocilizumab-aazg), the first tocilizumab biosimilar with an intravenous and subcutaneous formulation.