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.
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.
Medicamento biosimilar se usa para referirse a aquel medicamento biológico que ha demostrado ser altamente similar al medicamento de referencia, en cuanto a sus propiedades físicas, químicas y biológicas, habiendo esto sido demostrado por ejercicios comparativos analíticos y clínicos rigurosos.
Biosimilar makers from South Korea are making their mark, not only in South Korea, but around the world when it comes to biosimilars. Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) and Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) are already becoming major players in the world of biosimilars. While, other Korean companies, such as LG Chem Life Sciences (LG Chem) and GC Pharma (formerly Green Cross) are also expanding their biosimilar pipelines.
Pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, and the Cancer Support Community, in the US, have published guides to biosimilars. In addition, Pfizer is collaborating with The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to fund projects to support innovation related to appropriate biosimilar adoption in oncology.
In 2007, the Spanish Society of Rheumatology (Sociedad Española de Reumatología, SER) created the Biobadamérica, an international collaborative project to promote the implementation of national safety registries for the use of biological and biosimilar drugs in Latin American countries .
This is how Dr Eduardo Mysler, Medical Director for the Research Medical Organization (OMI) and rheumatology specialist with a long research career reflects that ‘patients have to understand all the details of their disease’.
The US Supreme Court has declined to review a patent challenge from Sandoz on Amgen’s blockbuster anti-inflammatory, Enbrel (etanercept). This means Sandoz will not be able to launch its etanercept biosimilar, Erelzi (etanercept-szzs), on the US market until 2029.
Biosimilars are becoming more important around the world and Korean companies, such as Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) and Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture), are fast becoming major players both in Korea but also worldwide.
South Korea is becoming a more and more important spot on the map when it comes to biosimilars. Although Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) and Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) are leading the way in Korea and worldwide, other Korean companies, such as Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical (Chong Kun Dang), DM Bio (joint venture between Dong-A ST and Meiji Holdings) and HK inno.N (previously CJ Healthcare), are also expanding their biosimilar pipelines.