US vs Germany and Switzerland: US biosimilars market lags with higher prices

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 27/01/2023

In Germany and Switzerland, more biosimilars were marketed and at lower prices than in the US between 2011 and 2020, finds a JAMA Network Open article [1].

New insulin glargine and potential adalimumab interchangeable biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 27/01/2023

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Eli Lilly’s Rezvoglar, an  insulin glargine biosimilar, the interchangeable designation in late 2022. This means that in the US, Rezvoglar can now be substituted at the pharmacy level for the originator, Sanofi’s Lantus, without a doctor’s prescription, provided state pharmacy law permits the switch. In addition, a study revealed that Pfizer’s  adalimumab biosimilar may also soon achieve this status.

Canada’s Ontario introduces biosimilars switching policy

Biosimilars/General | Posted 20/01/2023

The Canadian province of Ontario is the latest to introduce a biosimilars switching policy. Under the terms of the policy, Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) recipients who are on an originator biological will be required to transition to a Health Canada approved biosimilar version of the drug.

Biosimilar advances for Alvotech-Teva and setback for Biocon Biologics

Biosimilars/News | Posted 20/01/2023

Alvotech and Teva Pharmaceuticals announced in January 2023, that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for review a Biologics License Application (BLA) for AVT04, Alvotech’s proposed biosimilar to Stelara® (ustekinumab). Meanwhile, Biocon Biologics received a complete response letter (CRL) from FDAregarding its application for an insulin aspart biosimilar (filed by its partner Viatris).

Drug survival of adalimumab biosimilars in psoriasis treatment in Spain

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 20/01/2023

A review by López-Ferrer A et al. entitled ‘Drug survival of adalimumab biosimilars in real-world treatment of psoriasis: A Spanish multicenter study’ provided perspective of the factors associated with biosimilar adalimumab survival in Spain [1].

Advances for Bio-Thera’s secukinumab and mepolizumab copy biologicals

Biosimilars/News | Posted 13/01/2023

China’s Bio-Thera Solutions announced in November 2022 that dosing has begun in a phase III clinical study for BAT2306, a proposed copy biological of arthritis anti-inflammatory treatment, Cosentyx (secukinumab).  In addition, the company also recently announced a phase I clinical study to compare the pharmacokinetics and safety of BAT2606, a proposed copy biological of asthma treatment, Nucala (mepolizumab), to US-sourced and EU-sourced reference product in normal healthy volunteers.

Pegfilgrastim biosimilars in US supportive oncology

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 13/01/2023

Humphreys et al. published a narrative review article concerning the administration options and the economic considerations of biosimilar pegfilgrastim in supportive cancer treatment in the US to maximize patient benefit[1].

Investigating cell, tissue and gene therapy products and their regulation

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 12/12/2022

Cell, tissue and gene therapy products or (CTGTPs) are often breakthrough therapies with immense potential in treating diseases with no cure or rare diseases with high treatment burdens. However, few of such therapies have been approved and some have been recalled due to safety issues. Now, a study published in GaBI Journal [1] has investigated these therapies and the manufacturing and regulatory challenges they pose.

FDA and EMA file acceptance of Biogen’s tocilizumab biosimilar

Biosimilars/News | Posted 12/12/2022

Biogen announced on 9 December 2022 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the abbreviated Biologics License Application (BLA) for BIIB800, a biosimilar candidate referencing Roche’s Actemra/RoActemra (tocilizumab); and on 30 September 2022 that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted the Marketing Authorization Application for BIIB800.

AVT02 biosimilarity with Humira proved in chronic plaque psoriasis treatment

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 01/12/2022

Results of clinical patient trials of Alvotech’s high concentration formulation biosimilar of adalimumab, AVT02, demonstrate comparable efficacy, safety and immunogenicity to the reference product Humira, according to a study published in Biodrugs [1].