The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) issued on 19 September 2022 a joint statement confirming that biosimilar medicines approved in the European Union (EU) are interchangeable with their reference medicine or with an equivalent biosimilar. This will allow more patients to have access to biological medicines necessary for treating diseases such as cancer, diabetes and rheumatic diseases.
After reviewing the regulatory landscape for biosimilars  and access to biosimilars for cancer treatments in Latin America , authors Teran et al. advised several recommendations to address challenges related to poor access to biosimilars in Latin America healthcare systems.
On 18 August 2022, South Korea-based biologicals specialist Celltrion announced that its bevacizumab biosimilar, Vegzelma (CT-P16), had received European Commission (EC) approval.
On 29 August 2022, the ranibizumab biosimilar Ranivisio (FYB201), developed by Bioeq – a joint venture between Formycon and Polpharma Biologics, was granted marketing approval by the European Commission (EC).
Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 21 July 2022 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted the supplemental biologics license application for the high concentration formulation (HCF) of its adalimumab biosimilar Hyrimoz (GP2017) (adalimumab-adaz).
Applications for natalizumab biosimilars made by Sandoz (the generics division of Novartis) and Polpharma Biologics (Polpharma) have been accepted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The biosimilar regulatory situation in Latin America varies broadly among the different countries, even though Latin America is moving towards consolidating defined and standardised regulatory pathways for these products. This article gives a summary of the biosimilar regulatory status for the countries represented by members of the panel of experts of the American Health Foundation (AHF). The countries reviewed are Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru .
Agarwala et al. have recently published a review on the totality of evidence (ToE) for the biosimilar pegfilgrastim Ziextenzo® (LA-EP2006) matching the European Union- (EU) and US-reference biological pegfilgrastim Neulasta® (marketed by Amgen) .
Fresenius Kabi, the generics unit of German healthcare giant Fresenius, announced on 1 August 2022 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted the application for their proposed tocilizumab biosimilar (MSB11456).
Biologicals have significantly improved patients’ quality of life, yet, access to these critical medicines are constrained due to cost and this is being exacerbated by the misperceptions around biosimilars. In particular, imprecise terminology has been applied to biosimilars, leading to the implication that biologicals designated as interchangeable by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are better biosimilars. The US is the only jurisdiction in the world with this additional designation from the regulator as an option for biosimilar sponsors to consider .