EMA recommends approval of eculizumab biosimilar Epysqli
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 31 March 2023 that it had adopted a positive opinion for Epysqli.
New indication for Cosentyx (secukinumab) biological: hidradenitis suppurativa
The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion on 26 April 2023 recommending Novartis' Cosentyx (secukinumab) to treat active moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in adults.
Advances for STADA-Xbrane’s Ximluci in Europe, the UK and the US
The STADA and Xbrane co-developed Ximluci, ranibizumab biosimilar is to launch in Europe and will now also be available on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). In addition, the partners have submitted their Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Rinvoq approved to treat Crohn’s disease in Europe
On 17 April 2022, AbbVie announced that its Rinvoq (upadacitinib) had received European Commission (EC) approval. It is the first and only oral Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved to treat moderately to severely active Crohn's disease in adult patients. Rinvoq has the potential to rival AbbVie’s own blockbuster drug, Humira (adalimumab) and its biosimilars for inflammatory autoimmune conditions .
Advances for Henlius’ trastuzumab and bevacizumab biosimilars in the US
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Henlius' application for HLX02 (biosimilar trastuzumab for injection). Meanwhile, Henlius' multicentre phase III clinical trial (NCT04740671) of HLX04-O (biosimilar bevacizumab) for wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) commenced in the US with the first patient dosed.
First African developed biosimilar adalimumab starts phase I trial in Germany
A phase I clinical trial of Minapharm Pharmaceuticals’ first African developed adalimumab biosimilar, Adessia, was initiated on 24 February 2023 in Germany with results to be expected at the end of 2023.
US and EC approvals for Hyrimoz, US approval for Udenyca autoinjector
In March 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sandoz’s Hyrimoz biosimilar, a citrate-free high-concentration formulation (HCF) of adalimumab, as well as Coherus Biosciences’ (Coherus) innovative single-dose, prefilled autoinjector presentation of Udenyca (pegfilgrastim-cbqv).
Biosimilar launches in Canada and US: Byooviz and Stimufend
In Canada, Biogen announced that their Byooviz (ranibizumab) injection, a biosimilar of Lucentis, is available as of March 2023. In the preceding month, Fresenius Kabi launched Stimufend (pegfilgrastim-fpgk), a biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta, in the US.
EMA recommends approval of eculizumab biosimilar Bekemv
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 24 February 2023 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for the eculizumab biosimilar Bekemv.
China approves tocilizumab copy biological BAT1806
In January 2023, Bio-Thera Solutions announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved BAT1806, a biosimilar of Actemra (tocilizumab), in China. This is the world’s first tocilizumab copy biological/biosimilar to be approved.