Welcome to the Big Molecule Watch!

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.

Federal Circuit Rules No Tribal Immunity in IPRs

This morning, the Federal Circuit issued its much anticipated decision in St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals.  A panel of the court, consisting of Judges Dyk, Moore, and Reyna, held that “tribal sovereign immunity cannot be asserted in IPRs.”  Relying on the Supreme Court’s decisions in Oil States and SAS Institute,…

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FDA Releases Biosimilar Action Plan (BAP) to Enhance Biosimilar Competition and Market Penetration

Today, the U.S. FDA released its Biosimilar Action Plan (BAP), which outlines the Administration’s proposed next steps to help reduce the costs of healthcare by expediting the development of robust biosimilar competition and market penetration, while encouraging innovation and maintaining incentives for investing in future products.  In remarks delivered at…

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New BPCIA Complaint: Amgen Sues Pfizer over Proposed Filgrastim Biosimilar

Today, Amgen filed against Mylan concerning its Fulphila® (pegfilgrastim-jmdb) biosimilar of Neulasta®, and against Adello concerning its proposed filgrastim biosimilar. According to the complaint, the parties engaged in the patent dance, during which the parties negotiated and ultimately agreed that, of the seven patents that Amgen identified on its list…

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BPCIA Litigation Roundup (Q2 2018)

Below is our second quarter update on the U.S. patent litigations concerning proposed or approved biosimilar products. For additional details, please consult our previous quarterly updates (Q3 2016, Q4 2016, Q1 2017, Q2 2017, Q3 2017, Q4 2017, Q1 2018). Please also refer to our BPCIA Patent Litigation and Federal…

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