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Outlook Therapeutics to Revise Ophthalmic Bevacizumab BLA in Light of FDA Request

Outlook Therapeutics announced today that the FDA has requested additional information in order to complete the filing of the company’s BLA for LYTENAVA.  LYTENAVA, or ONS-5010, is an ophthalmic intravitreal injection formulation of bevacizumab for the treatment of wet AMD and other retinal diseases.  In response to FDA’s request, Outlook…

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Celltrion to Enter U.S. Humira Biosimilar Market Following Patent Agreement with AbbVie

Celltrion recently announced that it will start selling Yuflyma, an adalimumab biosimilar, in the U.S. in July 2023.  The announcement stems from Celltrion’s recently inked patent agreement with AbbVie which allows Celltrion to market a high-concentration formulation of the drug.  As a company official stated, “By entering the U.S. market…

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FDA to Hold Final Assessment of the Program for Enhanced Review Transparency and Communication in the Biosimilar User Fee Act

Tomorrow, March, 22, 2022, the FDA will host a public meeting entitled “Final Assessment of the Program for Enhanced Review Transparency and Communication in in the Biosimilar User Fee Act.”  As part of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA), the FDA contracted with independent third parties to assess the extent…

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Biogen and Xbrane Enter into Worldwide Commercialization and License Agreement for Certolizumab Pegol Biosimilar

On February 7, 2022, Biogen Inc. and Xbrane Biopharma AB announced that they had entered into a commercialization and license agreement related to Xcimzane, a certolizumab pegol biosimilar referencing CIMZIA.  Under the agreement, Biogen will gain exclusive global regulatory, manufacturing, and commercial rights to Xcimzane, and Xbrane will be responsible…

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Alvotech and JAMP Pharma Receive Marketing Authorization for SIMLANDI in Canada

On January 10, 2022, Alvotech Holdings S.A. (“Alvotech”) and JAMP Pharma Group (“JAMP Pharma”) announced that Health Canada granted marketing authorization to JAMP Pharma for a high-concentration biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab) developed by Alvotech.  The biosimilar, also referred to as AVT02, will be marketed in Canada as SIMLANDI (100 mg/mL…

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British Columbia Expands Biosimilar Initiative to Rapid-Acting Insulins

On December 1, 2021 the government of British Columbia announced that it is further expanding its biosimilar initiative.  The statement reported that as of November 30, 2021 an estimated 30,000 patients on the rapid-acting insulin lispro (Humalog) and insulin aspart (NovoRapid) would have six months to transition to the respective…

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Ranibizumab Updates: FDA approval of Roche’s Refillable Ocular Implant and FDA Acceptance of Bioeq’s BQ201 BLA

On October 22, 2021 Roche announced the FDA’s approval of its ranibizumab intravitreal injection, marketed as Susvimo.  Susvimo is a refillable ocular implant—requiring refills every six months—that continuously delivers medicine into the eye for the treatment of neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration, a condition that can cause rapid and…

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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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