Successful phase III trial of biosimilar r-FSH

Biosimilars/News | Posted 18/06/2012

Finox Biotech announced on 6 June 2012 that the company’s pivotal phase III study with Afolia, a biosimilar recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (r-FSH), in patients undergoing assisted reproduction technology (ART), had met its primary endpoint.

Merck KGaA and Dr Reddy’s to collaborate on biosimilar mAbs

Biosimilars/News | Posted 08/06/2012

Pharma major Merck KGaA announced on 6 June 2012 its first steps into the biosimilars market, with an agreement with India-based generics manufacturer Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (Dr Reddy’s) to co-develop biosimilar cancer drugs.

Alternative delivery devices for biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 01/06/2012

FDA, in its draft guidance for biosimilars, has said that biosimilars can use different drug delivery devices than the corresponding reference product.

Daiichi Sankyo and Coherus BioSciences make biosimilars deal

Biosimilars/News | Posted 18/05/2012

Coherus BioSciences and Daiichi Sankyo announced on 7 May 2012 that the two companies had made an exclusive agreement to develop and commercialise biosimilars of etanercept and rituximab in certain Asian countries including Japan.

Bayer opposes sorafenib compulsory licence in India

Biosimilars/News | Posted 11/05/2012

German pharma giant Bayer told Reuters on 5 May 2012 it had challenged a decision by the Indian Government, which allows India-based generics firm Natco Pharma to sell a generic version of Bayer’s liver and kidney cancer drug Nexavar (sorafenib) in India, before its patent expires in 2020.

Abbott asks FDA to block adalimumab biosimilar

Biosimilars/News | Posted 04/05/2012

Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) submitted a 30-page citizen petition to FDA on 2 April 2012 asking the agency to reject any biosimilar for its rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira (adalimumab). Abbott says that FDA would be forced to use trade secrets included in Humira’s Biologics License Application (BLA) to approve biosimilars. Abbott is therefore requesting that FDA refuses to review any biosimilar biological whose BLA was submitted before the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation (BPCI) Act of 2009 came into effect on 23 March 2010.

Novartis versus the Indian patent system

Biosimilars/News | Posted 27/04/2012

The Indian patent system is once again under scrutiny as a final decision in the case of Novartis versus the Indian patent system is eagerly awaited by originator biologicals and biosimilars manufacturers alike. However, any decision on the case has been delayed until 10 July 2012.

Samsung to launch biosimilars by 2015 at half the current prices

Biosimilars/News | Posted 23/04/2012

South Korean electronics giant Samsung told the Financial Times that it plans to launch biosimilars by 2015 at half the prices that patients in Europe and the US currently pay.

Biocon opens new research centre

Biosimilars/News | Posted 23/04/2012

Indian biosimilars major Biocon, announced on 5 April 2012 the opening of a new state-of-the-art Integrated Research and Development Centre in Bangalore, India.

EMA publishes procedural advice for biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 13/04/2012

On 11 April 2012, EMA published a new document on regulatory procedural advice for biosimilars.