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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.

Meeting Highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use

The European Medical Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recently reported biosimilar updates from its March 2020 meeting.  At the meeting, Mylan and Lupin’s NEPEXTO (etanercept) received a positive opinion for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis (ankylosing…

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Alvotech Enters Partnership for Commercializing Adalimumab Biosimilar in Asia-Pacific Markets

On March 24, 2020, Alvotech HF announced that it entered into an exclusive license partnership with DKSH, a market expansion services provider, for the commercialization of AVT02, a biosimilar to AbbVie’s HUMIRA (adalimumab), in selected Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets.  According to the press release, Alvotech will be responsible for the development…

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Genentech v. Amgen Jury Trial Postponed

On March 13, 2020, Genentech and Amgen agreed to vacate all pre-trial deadlines and their April 20, 2020 trastuzumab biosimilar jury trial date, due to an issue with a document vendor.  The parties’ stipulation was ordered by Judge Connolly on March 16, 2020.  On March 18, because of the ongoing…

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The Ten-Year Anniversary of the Enactment of the BPCIA

Today, March 23, 2020, marks ten years since President Barack Obama signed the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) into law as part of the Affordable Care Act.  The BPCIA—whose legislation certain members of the Big Molecule Watch team were involved in drafting—created an abbreviated regulatory pathway for seeking…

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COVID-19 Pandemic May Impact Biosimilars

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges for the pharmaceutical industry, including makers of biosimilars.  In response, the FDA has asked pharmaceutical makers to closely monitor their supply chains and highlighted some of the ways the coronavirus could impact developmental pipelines. While the risk of supply chain disruptions is uncertain,…

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Biosimilars Development Updates: Mylan’s Pipeline, Coherus’s Adalimumab aBLA, Amgen’s Eculizumab Biosimilar

Mylan announced on its most recent quarterly earnings call that it expects to launch its rituximab and etanercept biosimilars in Europe later this year. In discussing Mylan’s biosimilars pipeline, Rajiv Malik, Mylan’s President, told market analysts, “we also have for Europe rituximab and Enbrel biosimilars, which will be most likely…

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Federal Circuit Denies Hospira’s Petition to Rehear Safe Harbor Ruling in Epoetin Biosimilar Dispute

The Federal Circuit has declined to reconsider its December 2019 affirmance of the district court ruling in the Amgen v. Hospira (epoetin alfa) dispute.  As we have previously reported, that ruling upheld a jury verdict finding (among other things) that Hospira’s manufacture of certain drug substance batches was not protected…

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