China approves first denosumab copy biological Maiweijian

Biosimilars/News | Posted 16/04/2024

On 3 April 2024, China-based biopharmaceutical company Mabwell announced that their Maiweijian (denosumab) injection, developed by its wholly owned subsidiary T-mab, obtained the marketing approval from China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). This product is the first denosumab copy biologicalto receive marketing approval in China.

Addressing the persistent gap in Medicare access to Humira biosimilars

Biosimilars/General | Posted 16/04/2024

In an article by Dr Joshua Cohen, he discusses the challenges facing the adoption of biosimilars in the US, particularly focusing on Medicare beneficiaries' access to these lower-cost alternatives to brand-name biologics like Humira. 

Topline results for Polpharma Biologics’ vedolizumab biosimilar candidate

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 16/04/2024

In February 2024, Polpharma Biologics (Polpharma) unveiled topline results demonstrating the PK and pharmacodynamic (PD) comparability of PB016, their biosimilar candidate for vedolizumab, with its reference drug, Entyvio, by Takeda Pharmaceutical.

EMA recommends approval of first denosumab biosimilar Jubbonti and Wyost

Biosimilars/News | Posted 09/04/2024

On 21 March 2024, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for Sandoz’s medicinal products, Jubbonti and Wyost (denosumab), which are biosimilars of Amgen’s reference products Prolia and Xgeva, respectively. 

First denosumab biosimilars approved in Canada and the US

Biosimilars/News | Posted 03/04/2024

The first and only denosumab biosimilars for osteoporosis and increasing bone mass were approved in Canada and the US in February and March 2024.

Comparing biosimilar adoption: Medicare Advantage versus traditional Medicare

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 03/04/2024

Biosimilar products, vital for widening access to essential treatments and reducing healthcare costs, face varied uptake influenced by factors like pricing and healthcare settings. Kozlowski et al.'s study compares adoption rates in Medicare Advantage (MA) and Traditional Medicare (TM), revealing significant differences [1].

Questioning the need for ethnic sensitivity assessments for biosimilar monoclonal antibodies

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 27/03/2024

A GaBIJ perspective article entitled ‘Ethnic sensitivity assessments in biosimilar monoclonal antibodies clinical development programmes: necessary or not?’, was published by a group of authors from Biocon Biologics in August 2023 [1].

Dr Reddy's launches bevacizumab biosimilar Versavo in the UK

Biosimilars/News | Posted 27/03/2024

On 19 March 2024, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories announced that it would be launching Versavo, a bevacizumab biosimilar, in the UK.

EMA recommends approval of ustekinumab biosimilar Pyzchiva

Biosimilars/News | Posted 22/03/2024

On 22 February 2024, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for the medicinal product Pyzchiva (ustekinumab), a biosimilar of reference product Stelara.

ANVISA's role in biosimilar medicine regulation and innovation promotion

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 22/03/2024

The focus of the study by Vilha et al. [1] was to comprehend the role of the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), not only as a regulatory authority but also as a catalyst for technological development and innovation. ANVISA has implemented a significant change in the way health regulations are handled in Brazil.