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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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Study Concludes Two Adalimumab Biosimilars may be as Safe and Effective as Originator

An article published last week in Scientific Reports describes the results of a multicenter prospective study evaluating the safety and efficacy of switching IBD patients from Abbvie’s Humira product to either of two adalimumab biosimilars, ABP501 (Amgen) and SB5 (Samsung Bioepsis).  The authors concluded from this study that both biosimilars…

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Meiji Announces Promising Phase I Results for Ustekinumab Biosimilar and Initiation of Phase III Clinical Trial

On May 21, 2021, Meiji Seika Pharma Co, Ltd. announced that phase I clinical trials of DMB-3115, its proposed ustekinumab (STELARA®) biosimilar, demonstrated bioequivalence to reference products marketed in Europe and the United States.  Meiji is co-developing ustekinumab under a 2011 strategic collaboration partnership agreement with Dong-A Socio Holdings.  Phase III…

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International Biosimilar Launches: Ujvira and PrInclunox®

On May 24, 2021, Zydus Cadila launched the world’s first antibody drug conjugate (ADC) biosimilar.  The drug is a trastuzumab emtansine biosimilar—using Genentech’s Kadcyla as the reference product—that will be marketed under the name Ujvira for use in treating early and advanced HER2 positive breast cancer.  The drug is made…

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Formycon and Biocon Biologics/Viatris Share Recent Biosimilars Development News

On March 1, 2021, Formycon announced that it plans to resubmit its BLA for its Lucentis® Biosimilar Candidate FBY201 (ranibizumab) in the first half of 2021.  Formycon expects to submit its application to the EMA soon thereafter, and will also seek approval in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland….

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Minnesota Bill Aimed at Expanding Access to Biosimilars

Last Wednesday, State Senator Carla Nelson and State Representative Jennifer Schulz of Minnesota announced the introduction of a bill aimed at reducing the price of certain medications by expanding access to biosimilars.  The bill requires that pharmacy benefit managers and health carriers must not require or demonstrate a preference to…

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Samsung Bioepis Initiates Phase 1 Trial of Ustekinumab Biosimilar

Earlier today, Samsung Bioepis announced the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for SB17, the company’s proposed biosimilar to Stelara® (ustekinumab).  The trial will compare the pharmacokinetics, safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of SB17 and Stelara®.  With the start of this trial, Samsung Bioepis has the following biosimilar candidates in…

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