PANLAR issues consensus statement on biosimilars

Biosimilars/General | Posted 16/07/2021

PANLAR presented its position on biosimilar medicines at its own congress in Argentina. Via the consensus statement, the PANLAR specialists seek to demonstrate the efficacy, pharmacovigilance, regulation, quality and safety of biosimilar medicines.

Switching to biosimilars safe and effective in IBD patients

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 16/07/2021

Multiple adalimumab biosimilars are now approved for use in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In fact, to date, 29 June 2021, there are 10 adalimumab biosimilars approved in Europe [1]. However, despite their approval, effectiveness and safety data in IBD remains scarce, according to authors from the UK and The Netherlands [2].

EMA recommends approval of Samsung Bioepis/Biogen’s ranibizumab biosimilar Byooviz

Biosimilars/News | Posted 16/07/2021

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has given a positive opinion for the ranibizumab biosimilar Byooviz (SB11), produced by Samsung Bioepis and commercialized by Biogen.

Biosimilars as a sustainable alternative for complex diseases

Biosimilars/General | Posted 23/07/2021

The use of ‘similar biotherapeutic’ products and ‘biocomparable’ medicines, as biosimilar medicines are named in Colombia and Mexico, respectively, offer a sustainable alternative for health systems, leading to significant savings for payers and health institutions, as well as market opening. Biosimilars thus provide a fair competitive solution.

Clinical trials begin for ustekinumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 23/07/2021

Biosimilars firms BioFactura and Alvotech announce the start of clinical trials for their Stelara (ustekinumab) biosimilars, named BFI-751 and AVT04, respectively. 

China approves sintilimab plus bevacizumab copy biological Byvasda

Biosimilars/News | Posted 23/07/2021

China-based drugmaker Innovent Biologics (Innovent) announced on 29 June 2021 that China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), has approved the combination drug Tyvyt (sintilimab) plus bevacizumab copy biological Byvasda (IBI-305).

What drives negative perceptions of biosimilars?

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 23/07/2021

A study of patients taking biological drugs in New Zealand identifies a number of attributes associated with negative perceptions of biosimilars, including being female, seeking information online, and preferring innovator drugs [1].

Bioequivalence of MYL-1402O to EU- and US-reference bevacizumab

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 30/07/2021

The proposed bevacizumab biosimilar MYL-1402O demonstrated bioequivalence to European Union (EU)- and United States (US)-reference bevacizumab in a pharmacokinetic (PK) study of healthy adult male volunteers.

Quebec announces biosimilar switching policy

Biosimilars/General | Posted 30/07/2021

Quebec, Canada has announced a biosimilar switching policy, which is expected to generate annual savings of CA$100 million at its conclusion in 2022.

Clinical trials begin for Bio-Thera’s golimumab copy biological

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 30/07/2021

China-based Bio-Thera Solutions (Bio-Thera) have begun a phase III clinical trial for BAT2506, copy biological of the anti-inflammatory molecule Simponi (golimumab).