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Prestige Biopharma Partners with Cipla Ltd. for Trastuzumab Biosimilar

On December 14, 2018, Prestige Biopharma (“Prestige”) announced a partnership with Cipla Ltd. (“Cipla”) for Prestige’s HD201, a proposed trastuzumab biosimilar of Roche’s Herceptin®.  Prestige’s HD201 is in Phase-3 clinical development for the treatment of patients with HER2-overexpressing breast cancer. According to the press release, under the agreement, Cipla will…

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Proposed Amendment to Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA Could Curb IPRs by Generic and Biosimilar Applicants (Updated)

  On June 13, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), co-author of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (aka the “Hatch-Waxman Act”), proposed an amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee to modify the inter partes review (IPR) process for pharmaceuticals.  The amendment, titled the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018, would require…

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FDA Approves Celltrion's Trastuzumab Biosimilar

Today, the FDA approved Celltrion’s Herzuma (trastuzumab-pkrb), a biosimilar that references Genentech’s Herceptin (trastuzumab), for the treatment of patients with HER2-overexpressing breast cancer, in accordance with the FDA-approved label.  Celltrion’s product is the subject of ongoing BPCIA litigation, pending before the District of Delaware. This marks the seventh biosimilar the FDA has approved…

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Motion to Dismiss Denied in Remicade Antitrust Suit

The District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied Johnson & Johnson and Janssen’s (“J&J”) motion to dismiss antitrust claims filed by Walgreens and Kroger concerning sales of J&J’s Remicade.  In the case, the retailers allege antitrust injury based on higher prices paid to distributors Amerisource Bergen and Cardinal…

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