New bevacizumab biosimilars have been launched in Spain and South Korea.
US-based biopharmaceutical company Sorrento Therapeutics (Sorrento) announced on 20 July 2021 that its partner, China-based Mabpharm, had received marketing approval from China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), for its infliximab ‘biobetter’ (CMAB008).
German-headquartered companies Formycon and Bioeq have announced a European marketing authorization application for their ranibizumab biosimilar, FYB201.
India-based company Anthem Biosciences (AnthemBio) announced that it has launched its human insulin ‘similar biologic’ InsuTrend in India.
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has given a positive opinion for the ranibizumab biosimilar Byooviz (SB11), produced by Samsung Bioepis and commercialized by Biogen.
Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved the rituximab biosimilar Riabni for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis as well as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved the filgrastim biosimilar Nyvepria (PF-06881894). The drug can be used to treat neutropenia (a lack of white blood cells) in cancer patients.
India-based generics manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals (Lupin) announced on 2 June 2021 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted the application for approval for its proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar.
India-based generics manufacturer Zydus Cadila (Zydus) announced on 24 May 2021 the launch of its trastuzumab emtansine ‘similar biologic’ Ujvira in India. The launch, according to Zydus ‘marks the world’s first biosimilar antibody drug conjugate (ADC) of trastuzumab emtansine’.
Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, has announced the start of a phase III clinical trial of its aflibercept (Eylea) biosimilar, a treatment for age-related macular degeneration. Clinical trials for a number of competitive biosimilars are also underway.