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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.

Biosimilar Buyouts: AbbVie Buyout of Allergan Receives Approval of Irish High Court; Gedeon Richter Buys Tocilizumab Biosimilar

On May 8, 2020, AbbVie announced that it completed its acquisition of Allergan plc, having received approval by the Irish High Court.  AbbVie and Allergan had previously announced, on May 5, 2020, that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission accepted the proposed consent order in connection with the acquisition.  As part of…

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AryoGen’s bevacizumab biosimilar BE1040V found noninferior to AVASTIN in phase III study

In a study published in Clinical Therapeutics on April 22, AryoGen Pharmed’s proposed bevacizumab biosimilar, BE1040V (STIVANT), was found to be noninferior to the reference product (AVASTIN) in a Phase III clinical trial in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.  AryoGen Pharmed is a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Iran that specializes…

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TRUXIMA launches as first U.S. Rituxan® biosimilar approved for RA

Teva and Celltrion Healthcare announced today the U.S. launch of TRUXIMA® (rituximab-abbs) for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  TRUXIMA®, which originally launched in November 2019, is now approved to treat RA, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) (Wegener’s Granulomatosis) and microscopic polyaniitis (MPA) in adult patients. …

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FDA/FTC Joint Workshop on a Competitive Marketplace for Biosimilars – Comments from Stakeholders

As we have previously reported, in February 2020 FDA and FTC announced a joint collaboration “to advance competition in the biologic marketplace.” On March 9th, the two agencies held a public workshop to discuss their “collaborative efforts to support appropriate adoption of biosimilars, discourage false or misleading statements about biosimilars, and…

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Federal Circuit Finds Pfizer’s RUXIENCE Plans Insufficient to Establish Standing to Appeal IPR

On April 27, 2020, the Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential opinion ruling that Pfizer failed to establish Article III standing in a pair of IPR appeals.  At the PTAB, Pfizer had challenged the validity of Chugai’s patents (7,332,289 and 7,927,815) covering processes relevant to the manufacture of rituximab.  In support…

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