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China NMPA Approves Adalimumab Biosimilar

On November 7, Bio-Thera Solutions, Ltd. announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved QLETLI®, a biosimilar to AbbVie’s HUMIRA® (adalimumab). QLETLI® is the first adalimumab biosimilar approved by the NMPA and has been approved for the treatment of three autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque…

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Big Conversations: In-House Counsel Discuss the Past, Present, and Future of Biosimilars Market Entry In the EU and U.S. (Part 4)

In a continuation from Part 3 of this panel discussion, Goodwin and Bristows continue their discussion with senior in-house counsel at the forefront of the biosimilars industry to discuss the pace of biosimilars market entry in the EU and U.S., why the pace of biosimilars market entry has been different…

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FDA Approves Sandoz's Biosimilar Pegfilgrastim

As we have previously reported on Sandoz’s Biologics License Application (“BLA”) for its proposed biosimilar to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), Sandoz received a complete response letter from FDA, and had resubmitted its application after reportedly addressing the issues identified by FDA.  Yesterday, the FDA approved Sandoz’s application.  The biosimilar, named ZIEXTENZO, is an injectable formulation of pegfilgrastim-bmez, with…

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Pfizer Announces U.S. Launch Dates for Three Biosimilars

Earlier this week, during its 3Q 2019 earnings call, Pfizer announced the U.S. launch dates for three of its biosimilar products: ZIRABEV (bevacizumab-bvzr), a biosimilar of Genentech’s AVASTIN, which received approval in June, will launch December 31, 2019.  We previously posted that on September 20, 2019, Genentech and Pfizer settled…

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Researchers Publish Results Of Biosimilar-Switching Studies

In 2017, the Health Department of Brazil’s Federal District ordered that patients currently prescribed Remicade (infliximab) be switched over to the biosimilar, Remsima.  Earlier this month, researchers in Brazil published a one-year follow-up study of patients who underwent the switch.  They reported that, “[l]ike previous European studies, [their] results suggest…

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