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World Health Organization (“WHO”) Prequalifies Biosimilar Trastuzumab – WHO’s First Biosimilar

Today, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) prequalified Samsung Bioepis’s breast cancer biosimilar trastuzumab – WHO’s first biosimilar prequalification.  Prequalification is “a service provided by WHO to assess the quality, safety and efficacy of those products that address global public health priorities.”  The WHO noted that the global average price of…

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal Circuit Affirms Amgen’s $70 Million Damages Award Against Pfizer Unit

This morning, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a 24-page opinion affirming the district court’s judgment in favor of Amgen in its four-year long BPCIA patent ligation against Hospira, a subsidiary of Pfizer, regarding a biosimilar of Amgen’s EPOGEN (epoetin alfa). On…

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Coherus and Amgen Stipulate to Dismissal of Adalimumab Infringement Case

As we previously reported, earlier this year Coherus filed a complaint against Amgen in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of patents claiming “stable aqueous pharmaceutical compositions” comprising adalimumab and other components.  Coherus alleged that “Amgen is actively offering for sale and selling Amgevita™ [Amgen’s tradename for its adalimumab biosimilar…

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Clinical Trial Announcements

This week, several companies reported updates in their clinical development of biosimilars or follow-on biologics. On December 3, Outlook Therapeutics (formerly known as Oncobiologics) announced the FDA agreed with three of Outlook’s proposed Special Protocol Assessments (“SPAs”) relating to ONS-5010, an investigational ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab which is currently in…

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U.S. Biosimilar Launches: Mylan/Biocon’s Trastuzumab, Sandoz’s Pegfilgrastim

Yesterday, Mylan N.V. and Biocon Ltd. announced the U.S. launch of OGIVRI (trastuzumab-dkst), a biosimilar to HERCEPTIN (trastuzumab).  According to the press release, “OGIVRI™ is approved for all indications of HERCEPTIN® including for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and metastatic stomach cancer (gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma),” and is available in both…

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