Adalimumab biosimilar launched in Japan

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Japan-based Mochida Pharmaceutical (Mochida) announced on 25 November 2021 that its adalimumab biosimilar had been launched in Japan following the listing of the drug on the National Health Insurance (NHI).

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Adalimumab is a human monoclonal antibody that treats autoimmune diseases by inhibiting tumour necrosis factor (TNF), a soluble inflammatory cytokine. Adalimumab binds to TNF-alpha (TNF-α), preventing it from activating TNF receptors, which cause the inflammatory reactions associated with autoimmune diseases. Adalimumab is indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid, juvenile idiopathic and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and ulcerative colitis.

Mochida says that Adalimumab BS MA [adalimumab biosimilar 3], which was developed in Japan, is the first 80 mg syringe preparation of an adalimumab biosimilar in the country. The company adds that all types of preparation are available for self injection.

Adalimumab BS MA was launched as the first adalimumab biosimilar which contains the same concentration of active ingredient as the originator adalimumab, Humira, which is currently distributed in Japan.

Mochida signed a deal to co-develop and commercialize an adalimumab biosimilar for the Japanese market with South Korea-based LG Life Sciences back in 2014 [1]. Mochida now has a collaboration agreement with AYUMI, who will distribute and promote Adalimumab BS MA in Japan for indications in the field of gastroenterology.

Mochida and AYUMI are also collaborating on the commercialization of Etanercept BS MA [etanercept biosimilar 1], which was approved in Japan in January 2018 [2] and launched in May 2018.

Adalimumab BS MA is Mochida’s third biosimilar approved in Japan. In addition to adalimumab and etanercept, the company also has a teriparatide biosimilar, Teriparatide BS [teriparatide biosimilar 1], approved in Japan [2].

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1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. LG Life Sciences and Mochida make deal for adalimumab biosimilar []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Dec 3]. Available from:
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars approved in Japan []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Dec 3]. Available from:

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