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.

FDA approves interchangeable adalimumab biosimilar Simlandi

Biosimilars/News | Posted 11/03/2024

On 23 February 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Alvotech and Teva’s Simlandi (adalimumab-ryvk) injection as an interchangeable biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab).

Infliximab discontinuation in patients with originator retransition vs biosimilar continuation

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 07/03/2024

A study by Meijboom et al. aimed to compare the risk of and reasons for infliximab discontinuation between retransitioned patients and those remaining on biosimilar [1].

EC approval of ranibizumab biosimilar Rimmyrah

Biosimilars/News | Posted 07/03/2024

The European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization for ranibizumab biosimilar Rimmyrah on 5 January 2024. The biosimilar was developed by Qilu Pharma.

FDA BLA updates from Celltrion and Accord

Biosimilars/News | Posted 29/02/2024

In January 2024, Celltrion submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for CT-P47, a biosimilar candidate of the reference product Actemra ( tocilizumab). In addition, Accord BioPharma, announced that the FDA accepted its BLA for DMB-311, a biosimilar to Stelara (ustekinumab), approved for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. 

Brazil advances in follow-on biologicals/biosimilars approvals, trailing Europe

Biosimilars/General | Posted 09/02/2024

Brazil is the fourth-largest market in terms of approved follow-on biological medications worldwide. As of May 2023, Brazil has approved 52 follow-on biological medicines [1] and approximately 30 biological products awaiting testing or already being tested by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária) [2].

FDA approves pegfilgrastim biosimilar Udenyca OnBody autoinjector

Biosimilars/News | Posted 06/02/2024

On 26 December 2023, Coherus BioSciences announced the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Udenyca OnBody, an on-body injector (OBI) presentation of Udenyca (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), a pegfilgrastim biosimilar administered the day after chemotherapy to decrease the incidence of infection as manifested by febrile neutropenia.

Insurer perspective on increasing biosimilar uptake in Canada

Biosimilars/General | Posted 06/02/2024

In November 2023, Canada’s Prince Edward Island (PEI) became the 11th Canadian jurisdiction to announce the adoption of biosimilars switching policies [1-10]. This follows the trend in Canada, to try to increase the uptake of biosimilars.