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.

Hospira Appeals $80 Million Judgment in Epoetin Alfa Biosimilar Case

As we reported, last month in the Amgen v. Hospira litigation concerning Hospira’s Retacrit™ (epoetin alfa) biosimilar, the Delaware district court entered final judgment against Hospira, awarding Amgen $70 million in damages and approximately $10 million in pre-judgment interest, plus post-judgment interest in an amount to be determined at a…

Read More

ODAC Votes in Favor of Biosimilarity of Celltrion's CT-P10

As reported here, the Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) held a public hearing today at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to discuss and vote on Celltrion’s Biologics License Application for CT-P10, a proposed biosimilar of Genentech’s U.S.-licensed rituximab product Rituxan.   The hearing included presentations from various speakers from industry,…

Read More

United States Intervenes in Genentech Constitutional Challenge

We have covered Pfizer’s development of biosimilars of Genentech’s Avastin® (bevacizumab) and Herceptin® (trastuzumab) and its related IPR filings IPR2016-01771 and IPR2016-01837. Following written decisions invalidating those two patents, Genentech appealed and challenged the constitutionality of subjecting patents that issued before the America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted in 2011…

Read More

Big Molecule Watch Editor Nick Mitrokostas to Speak at Biosimilars in the Antitrust Spotlight: Patent Litigation and Settlement Webinar

Tomorrow, October 4th, Goodwin’s Nick Mitrokostas will participate as a panelist on the Biosimilars in the Antitrust Spotlight: Patent Litigation and Settlement webinar, discussing the likely shape of settlements in patent litigation between innovator biologic companies and biosimilar aspirants, the future of non-cash forms of compensation and whether “at-risk” entry is…

Read More

Comments and Letters to FDA in Response to Biosimilars Action Plan

The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) and Biosimilars Council submitted comments to FDA two weeks ago regarding “the biosimilars action plan and ways to facilitate competition” in the biosimilars industry. Collectively referred to in the comments as AAM, and the “sole association representing America’s generic pharmaceutical sector in the United States,”…

Read More

European Biosimilar Approval Updates: Adalimumab, Pegfilgrastim

In August, we reported that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the  European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the granting of marketing authorization for three biosimilar medicines:  (1) Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics (FKB) and Mylan’s Hulio® (adalimumab), a proposed biosimilar of Humira®; (2) Accord Healthcare’s Pelgraz® (pegfilgrastim),…

Read More