In September 2023, the European Commission (EC) approved the biosimilars Tyruko (natalizumab), Yesafili (aflibercept), and Tyenne (tocilizumab).
On 9 November 2023, the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Uzpruvo (ustekinumab), a biosimilar of reference product Stelara, intended for the treatment plaque psoriasis, including paediatric plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s disease in adults.
On 31 October 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Wezlana (ustekinumab-auub) as a biosimilar to and interchangeable with Stelara (ustekinumab) for multiple inflammatory diseases.
Alvotech biosimilars: FDA ustekinumab application rejection; adalimumab interchangeability designation re-submission
In October 2023, Iceland-based biosimilar manufacturer Alvotech, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a complete response letter (CRL) for Alvotech’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for AVT04, a biosimilar candidate to Stelara (ustekinumab). As such, the application was not approved. This follows Alvotech’s September 2023 resubmission of a BLA for their high-concentration biosimilar formulation to AbbVie’s blockbuster arthritis treatment Humira (adalimumab), AVT02 , following receipt of a similar CRL.
Iceland-based biosimilar manufacturer Alvotech announced on 25 September 2023 that its commercialization partner in Japan, Fuji Pharma Co Ltd (Fuji) had received marketing approval from Japan’s medicines regulatory agency, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), for its ustekinumab biosimilar AVT04 in Japan.
On 29 September 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Tofidence (tocilizumab-bavi) as the first biosimilar to Actemra (tocilizumab). Tofidence is first-of-its-kind biosimilar tocilizumab to receive approval in the US.
US-based pharma giant Pfizer announced on 5 October 2023 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated Abrilada (adalimumab-afzb) as an interchangeable biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab). The interchangeable designation applies to all approved indications of Abrilada, including certain patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and uveitis.
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 15 September 2023 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for the trastuzumab biosimilar Herwenda, 150 mg, for intravenous use.
On 24 August 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Tyruko (natalizumab-sztn) as the first biosimilar to Tysabri (natalizumab) for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Tyruko is first-of-its-kind biosimilar natalizumab to receive approval in the US.
On 20 July 2023, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Tyruko (natalizumab), a biosimilar of reference product Tysabri, intended for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).