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Big Molecule Watch will be posting updates and analyses on regulatory issues, litigation, legislation, and other news in the ever-developing world of biosimilars. The editors of this blog have collectively been watching and engaging with the world of biosimilars (“big molecules”) since before the inception of the biosimilar industry in the U.S., and we’re excited to share the observations of our active watch on this new forum.

If you’re looking for a primer on biologics, check out our background post introducing the world of biologics, biosimilars, and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”).

We’ve also collected (and will continue to update) some reference documents that might be of interest to visitors of this blog—you can find them under the “Links” section to the right of this page.

Recent Launches – Formycon, bioeq and Boryung, Samsung Bioepis

On August 5, 2021, Formycon and Bioeq announced submission of the biologics license application for FYB201 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  FYB201 is a biosimilar candidate to Lucentis(R)1 (Ranibizumab), which is used in the treatment of neovascular (wet) macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases.  If approved, Coherus…

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Pfizer Acquires Biologics Company To Expand Its Oncology Pipeline

Last week, Pfizer announced that it will acquire Trillium Therapeutics, a clinical stage immune-oncology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Under the agreement, Pfizer reported that it “will acquire all outstanding shares of Trillium not already owned by Pfizer for an implied equity value of $2.26 billion, or $18.50 per share,…

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Bio-Thera Solutions and Hikma Pharmaceuticals Enters Into Ustekinumab Biosimilar Agreement

Last week, Bio-Thera Solutions and Hikma Pharmaceuticals announced they have entered into an exclusive commercialization and license agreement to commercialize the proposed ustekinumab biosimilar product, BAT2206. According to the press release, Bio-Thera will “maintain responsibility for development, manufacturing, and supply of BAT2206 [and] Hikma will have exclusive rights to commercialize…

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Fresenius files IPR petitions challenging Chugai/Roche/Genentech rheumatoid arthritis patents

On August 18, 2021, Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC and Fresenius Kabi SwissBioSim GmbH (collectively, “Fresenius”) filed Petitions for Inter Partes Review of U.S. Patent No. 10,874,677 (IPR 2021-01336) and U.S. No. 5,80,264 (IPR 2021-01288) .  The ‘264 patent claims are directed to methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis patients using a…

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Pushes Back Against Bevacizumab Biosimilar Use in Treating Ophthalmic Conditions

On July 29, 2021, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) released a statement urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prohibit Insurance companies from requiring ophthalmologists to use new biosimilar drugs as alternatives to Avastin for treatment in eye diseases.  The statement alleges that certain large healthcare…

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CVS Replaces Lantus® With Basaglar®

It has been reported that U.S. pharmacy benefit manager CVS will drop Sanofi’s insulin drugs, Lantus® (insulin glargine injection, 100 units/ml) and Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection, 300 units/ml) from the list of medications for which it reimburses on behalf of health insurers.  In July CVS caremark® published a list of…

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