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FDA Approves First Interchangeable Biosimilar Insulin Product (UPDATE - 11/23/2021)

July 28, 2021 – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Viatris Inc.’s (formerly Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.) SEMGLEE (insulin glargine-yfgn), a biosimilar to LANTUS (insulin glargine). According to the press release, SEMGLEE is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus and…

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Ranibizumab Biosimilar Program Updates

This week, three development programs announced updates to their ranibizumab biosimilars. Ranibizumab is the active ingredient in Genentech’s LUCENTIS, which is indicated for retinal vascular disorders, including neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). On June 25, 2021, Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. (“Samsung Bioepis”) and Biogen Inc. (“Biogen”) announced that the…

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White Paper Investigates Biosimilar Competition and Price Reduction

In March 2021, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital published a white paper exploring the link between entry of biosimilars under The Biological Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) and moderation in drug prices driven by market competition.  The white paper studied the price and…

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Meta-analysis Finds Nonsignificant Differences Between Infliximab Biosimilars

On February 18, 2021, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy published the results of a meta-analysis evaluating the use of infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The meta-analysis evaluated patient response rates to treatment with the infliximab reference product REMICADE compared to treatment with infliximab biosimilars. The study’s authors…

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