Delayed biosimilars market entry costs US billions

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 22/10/2021

Delayed adalimumab biosimilar entry to the US market is estimated to have cost Medicare over US$2.19 billion between 2016 and 2019, a study published in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics has revealed.

Research, development and public production of pharmaceuticals in Argentina

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 22/10/2021

Under the current research and development model, the pharmaceutical industry has switched its focus towards the therapeutic areas that offer the greatest commercial benefit, which are often not aligned with public health needs. Consequently, it has ceased to be the great innovative industry that it had been during the last century.

Canada approves adalimumab and bevacizumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 22/10/2021

Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved the bevacizumab biosimilar Bambevi and the adalimumab biosimilar Abrilada (PF-06410293).

Argentinian gastroenterologist groups issued position statement on biosimilars use

Biosimilars/General | Posted 22/10/2021

Experts from the steering committees of the Argentinian Society of Gastroenterology (SAGE), the Argentinian Federation of Gastroenterology (FAGE) and the Argentinian Group of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (GADECCU) have issued a joint position regarding the practical conditions for the clinical use of biosimilars indicated for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), by discussing the most notable aspects related to the definition of a biosimilar drug, bio-similarity, non-comparable biological drugs or ‘intended copies’, approval requirements, extrapolation of indications, interchangeability, automatic substitution, non-medical switching, nomenclature, clinical standards regarding safety and efficacy, implementation of an efficient and appropriate pharmacovigilance system and the potential economic impact on the healthcare system [1].

Bio-Thera and Samsung Bioepis start clinical trials for ustekinumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 29/10/2021

China’s Bio-Thera Solutions and South Korea’s Samsung Bioepis have begun phase III clinical trials for biosimilars to Janssen’s blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Stelara (ustekinumab).

Patent litigation insights on barriers to US biosimilar market growth

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 29/10/2021

High prices of biological drugs have placed substantial strain on the US healthcare system. To help address this problem, Congress passed the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act) as part of the Affordable Care Act, which created an abbreviated approval pathway for biosimilars – versions of ‘originator’ biological drugs made by different manufacturers. To resolve disputes over whether a biosimilar manufacturer would infringe patents on the originator biological by entering the market, the BPCI Act included a multi-step litigation process, which starts when the biosimilar manufacturer submits its abbreviated biological license application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, a decade after its passage, the BPCI Act has spurred only limited competition [1].

FDA approves adalimumab biosimilar Cyltezo as interchangeable

Biosimilars/News | Posted 29/10/2021

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first interchangeable adalimumab biosimilar. This is the second interchangeable biosimilar to gain FDA approval in the US and follows the landmark decision to approve an interchangeable insulin glargine biosimilar in July 2021 [1].

Data support the interchangeability of EU biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 29/10/2021

The first study to comprehensively analyse post-marketing surveillance data for biosimilar monoclonal antibodies demonstrates comparable efficacy, safety and immunogenicity with the originator products [1].

Progress for bevacizumab copy biologicals from Henlius and Innovent

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 05/11/2021

Shanghai Henlius Biotech, Inc (Henlius) reports progress in clinical trials of a bevacizumab copy biological for age-related macular degeneration and colorectal cancer, while Innovent Biologics reports positive findings from a trial of their bevacizumab copy biological in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Interchangeable insulin glargine biosimilar preferred on Express Scripts

Biosimilars/General | Posted 05/11/2021

The interchangeable insulin glargine biosimilar, Semglee, has been listed by Express Scripts, America’s largest pharmacy benefit management organization, as a preferred insulin brand on its National Preferred Formulary (NPF), which includes more than 28 million lives in the US.