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Year in Review: Top Legal Developments of 2023

As we settle into 2024, we reflect on the significant legal developments of 2023 that hold potential impact on the biologics and biosimilars market.  The following is a recap of some of the top five legal decisions and developments in the biosimilars and biologics space in 2023 that we covered…

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Regeneron Sues Samsung Bioepis for Proposed Biosimilar of EYLEA in West Virginia District Court

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Regeneron”) filed a Complaint on November 22 against Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. (“Bioepis”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, alleging infringement of 37 patents under the BPCIA based on Bioepis’s submission of an aBLA for SB15, a proposed biosimilar of EYLEA…

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UK Authorizes World-First Gene Therapy from Vertex and CRISPR Therapeutics for Blood Disorders

Earlier today, UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted conditional marketing authorization to Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics for their CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy, CASGEVY (exagamglogene autotemcel), marking the world’s first regulatory approval for a CRISPR-based gene-edited therapy.  CASGEVY is the first medicine to be licensed that uses the…

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Meitheal Announces Exclusive Commercial Licensing Agreement for Insulin Biosimilars in the US

Meitheal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Meitheal”) has entered into an exclusive licensing deal with Tonghua Dongbao Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“THDB”) to market three insulin biosimilars (insulin aspart, insulin lispro, and insulin glargine) in the United States.  The agreement grants Meitheal and its parent company, Nanjing King-Friend Biochemical Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“NKF”), exclusive…

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Generic and Biosimilar Drugs Save $408B For America’s Patients and Healthcare System in 2022

On September 6, 2023, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) released its 2023 U.S. Generic & Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report highlighting the significant economic contributions of generic and biosimilar medicines.  Notably, the U.S. healthcare system, including patients, employers and taxpayers, saved $408 billion in 2022 by using FDA-approved generic and…

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HUMIRA (adalimumab) Biosimilar Launches

In the last week, seven adalimumab biosimilars referencing HUMIRA entered the U.S. market:  Boehringer Ingelheim’s CYLTEZO (adalimumab-adbm); Sandoz’s HYRIMOZ (adalimumab-adaz); Organon and Samsung Bioepis’s HADLIMA (adalimumab-bwwd); Coherus Biosciences’s YUSIMRY (adalimumab-aqvh); Celltrion’s YUFLYMA (adalimumab-aaty); Fresenius Kabi’s IDACIO (adalimumab-aacf); and Biocon’s HULIO (adalimumab-fkjb).  With Amgen’s AMJEVITA (adalimumab-atto), launched in January 2023, there…

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Updates on Recent Foreign Approvals and Launches

On May 26, 2023, the European Commission granted the marketing authorization to Samsung Bioepis for EPYSQLI, a biosimilar referencing SOLIRIS (eculizumab) developed by Alexion for the treatment of the paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) that had global sales of approximately $5 trillion last year. As the first hematology biosimilar developed by…

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Alvotech and Advanz Pharma Extend Partnership to Commercialize Five Proposed Biosimilars in Europe

Advanz Pharma (“Advanz”) and Alvotech announced that they entered an exclusive partnership agreement regarding supply and commercialization of five biosimilars in Europe, with Alvotech responsible for the development and commercial supply of the biosimilars, and Advanz responsible for registration and commercialization in Europe.  Per the announcement, the agreement includes proposed…

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against AstraZeneca Regarding Anti-PD-L1 Antibody Product

On April 25, 2023, Bristol-Myers Squibb (“BMS”) filed a complaint in the District of Delaware against AstraZeneca related to AstraZeneca’s anti-PD-L1 antibody product, IMFINZI (durvalumab), alleging willful infringement of U.S. Patent No. 9,402,899 (“the ’899 patent”).  BMS alleges that the ’899 patent covers “Nobel Prize winning methods of treating cancer”…

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Purple Book Updates

FDA’s Purple Book provides a searchable database of licensed biological products and includes the patent information provided to biosimilar applicants during the BPCIA patent dance.  Pursuant to a law enacted in late 2020, a reference product sponsor must provide patent information to FDA for listing in the Purple Book once…

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