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Big Molecule Watch will be posting updates and analyses on regulatory issues, litigation, legislation, and other news in the ever-developing world of biosimilars. The editors of this blog have collectively been watching and engaging with the world of biosimilars (“big molecules”) since before the inception of the biosimilar industry in the U.S., and we’re excited to share the observations of our active watch on this new forum.

If you’re looking for a primer on biologics, check out our background post introducing the world of biologics, biosimilars, and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”).

We’ve also collected (and will continue to update) some reference documents that might be of interest to visitors of this blog—you can find them under the “Links” section to the right of this page.

Another Biosimilar Litigation Settlement: Amgen v. Tanvex (Filgrastim)

Following last month’s dismissal of the Amgen v. Kashiv filgrastim biosimilar litigation, yesterday Amgen and Tanvex filed a joint stipulation of dismissal in their BPCIA litigation concerning Tanvex’s filgrastim biosimilar candidate. The stipulation states that the parties agree “to the dismissal, without prejudice, of all remaining claims and counterclaims in…

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Biosimilar Clinical Trial Updates

Below are highlights of recent developments in biosimilar clinical trials. On December 9, Celltrion presented the results from a phase 3 clinical trial that demonstrated similar safety and efficacy of its TRUXIMA biosimilar to the reference product RITUXAN (rituximab) in patients with advanced follicular lymphoma (AFL). On December 10, Samsung…

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World Health Organization (“WHO”) Prequalifies Biosimilar Trastuzumab – WHO’s First Biosimilar

Today, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) prequalified Samsung Bioepis’s breast cancer biosimilar trastuzumab – WHO’s first biosimilar prequalification.  Prequalification is “a service provided by WHO to assess the quality, safety and efficacy of those products that address global public health priorities.”  The WHO noted that the global average price of…

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal Circuit Affirms Amgen’s $70 Million Damages Award Against Pfizer Unit

This morning, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a 24-page opinion affirming the district court’s judgment in favor of Amgen in its four-year long BPCIA patent ligation against Hospira, a subsidiary of Pfizer, regarding a biosimilar of Amgen’s EPOGEN (epoetin alfa). On…

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Coherus and Amgen Stipulate to Dismissal of Adalimumab Infringement Case

As we previously reported, earlier this year Coherus filed a complaint against Amgen in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of patents claiming “stable aqueous pharmaceutical compositions” comprising adalimumab and other components.  Coherus alleged that “Amgen is actively offering for sale and selling Amgevita™ [Amgen’s tradename for its adalimumab biosimilar…

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