EMA recommends approval of eculizumab biosimilar Bekemv
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 24 February 2023 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for the eculizumab biosimilar Bekemv.
China approves tocilizumab copy biological BAT1806
In January 2023, Bio-Thera Solutions announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved BAT1806, a biosimilar of Actemra (tocilizumab), in China. This is the world’s first tocilizumab copy biological/biosimilar to be approved.
FDA accepts application for denosumab biosimilar GP2411
Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 6 February 2023 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its Biologics License Application (BLA) for a proposed denosumab biosimilar (GP2411).
EMA accepts application for ustekinumab biosimilar AVT04
Alvotech announced on 9 February 2023 that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted a Marketing Authorization Application for AVT04, their proposed biosimilar to Stelara (ustekinumab).
Ranibizumab biosimilar Ximluci and Amelivu to launch in the UK and South Korea
STADA and Xbrane Biopharma have announced that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a marketing authorization for Ximluci, a biosimilar referencing ophthalmology drug, Lucentis (ranibizumab). In addition, Samsung Bioepis and Samil Pharmaceuticals will launch their biosimilar of Lucentis, Amelivu, in South Korea.
Advances for adalimumab biosimilars in Saudi Arabia, Europe and Canada
In January 2023, Alvotech-Bioventure, Sandoz and Samsung Bioepis announced advances for their adalimumab biosimilars in Saudi Arabia, Europe and Canada, respectively.
Bevacizumab biosimilar Vegzelma approved and Aybintio launched in Canada
The bevacizumab biosimilar Vegzelma produced by Celltrion received full label approval from Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada (HC), on 3 January 2023. Back in November 2022, bevacizumab biosimilar Aybintio by Samsung Bioepis had been launched in Canada by Organon, offering a more affordable treatment for Canadian patients suffering from certain types of aggressive cancer.
Clinical study advances for Alvotech golimumab and Dr Reddy’s rituximab biosimilars
In January 2023, Alvotech announced that it has initiated a pharmacokinetic study for AVT05, a biosimilar candidate to Simponi® and Simponi Aria® (golimumab). In addition, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd announced the successful completion of clinical studies of its proposed rituximab biosimilar candidate, DRL_RI. This is now ready for filing in markets such as the US and Europe.
New insulin glargine and potential adalimumab interchangeable biosimilars
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.
Biosimilar advances for Alvotech-Teva and setback for Biocon Biologics
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).