High mannose glycans in biosimilars and their pharmacokinetic impact

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 19/05/2023

A study conducted by Welch J et al. assessed the measurement, evaluation and potential for high mannose glycans to impact the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), based on data submitted in 21 applications reviewed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  They also analysed reproducibility data of the glycan values for a subset of programmes within a reference product class. This reproducibility assessment enabled a broader cross-programme comparison of whether observed differences in high mannose between a proposed biosimilar and its reference product translate into PK differences.

New indication for Cosentyx (secukinumab) biological: hidradenitis suppurativa

Biosimilars/News | Posted 19/05/2023

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion on 26 April 2023 recommending Novartis' Cosentyx (secukinumab) to treat active moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in adults. 

An update on the joint EMA-HMA statement on interchangeability of biosimilar

Biosimilars/General | Posted 12/05/2023

On 21 April 2023, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) issued an updated joint statement on the interchangeability of biosimilars approved in the EU.

Biosimilars in Southern European Hospital Markets: barriers and determinants of uptake

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 12/05/2023

A recent publication by Barcina Lacosta et al. reflected on the need to understand market dynamics generated following biosimilars availability in Southern Europe, emphasizing that the competitive potential of biosimilars can be further deployed [1]. Considering the country-, setting-, and product-specific nature of biosimilar uptake patterns [2-5], the authors focused the analysis on hospital tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibitor markets in Italy, Portugal and Spain [1].

Advances for STADA-Xbrane’s Ximluci in Europe, the UK and the US

Biosimilars/News | Posted 04/05/2023

The STADA and Xbrane co-developed Ximluci, ranibizumab biosimilar is to launch in Europe and will now also be available on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). In addition, the partners have submitted their Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Biosimilars switching policies for Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon

Biosimilars/General | Posted 04/05/2023

The Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon, become the 9th and 10th Canadian provinces to announce that they are adopting biosimilars switching policies.

Advancing biosimilar drug development with pharmacodynamic biomarkers

Biosimilars/General | Posted 27/04/2023

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers are studying the use of pharmacodynamic (PD) biomarkers to demonstrate biosimilarity. These studies could make the process of developing biosimilars more efficient and faster.

Rinvoq approved to treat Crohn’s disease in Europe

Biosimilars/News | Posted 27/04/2023

On 17 April 2022, AbbVie announced that its Rinvoq (upadacitinib) had received European Commission (EC) approval. It is the first and only oral Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved to treat moderately to severely active Crohn's disease in adult patients. Rinvoq has the potential to rival AbbVie’s own blockbuster drug, Humira (adalimumab) and its biosimilars for inflammatory autoimmune conditions [1].

Using infliximab economic evaluations in IBD to inform biosimilar access policies

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 27/04/2023

According to a recent review, there has been limited economic evaluation of the varying prices of infliximab, despite its high cost. This limitation hinders the ability to understand the potential effects of introducing biosimilars. To ensure that patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) continue to have access to their current medications, alternative pricing strategies and treatment access should be explored [1].

Advances for Henlius’ trastuzumab and bevacizumab biosimilars in the US

Biosimilars/News | Posted 20/04/2023

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Henlius' application for HLX02 (biosimilar trastuzumab for injection). Meanwhile, Henlius' multicentre phase III clinical trial (NCT04740671) of HLX04-O (biosimilar bevacizumab) for wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) commenced in the US with the first patient dosed.