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BREAKING NEWS – FDA Approves First Interchangeable Biosimilar Insulin Product

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Viatris Inc.’s (formerly Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.) SEMGLEE (insulin glargine-yfgn), a biosimilar to LANTUS (insulin glargine). According to the press release, SEMGLEE is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus and in adults with…

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Ranibizumab Biosimilar Program Updates

This week, three development programs announced updates to their ranibizumab biosimilars. Ranibizumab is the active ingredient in Genentech’s LUCENTIS, which is indicated for retinal vascular disorders, including neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). On June 25, 2021, Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. (“Samsung Bioepis”) and Biogen Inc. (“Biogen”) announced that the…

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White Paper Investigates Biosimilar Competition and Price Reduction

In March 2021, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital published a white paper exploring the link between entry of biosimilars under The Biological Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) and moderation in drug prices driven by market competition.  The white paper studied the price and…

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Adalimumab Biosimilar Update: Shanghai Henlius Biotech’s Approval in China and Celltrion’s Positive Opinion in the EU

Last week, Shanghai Henlius Biotech announced that China’s National Medical Products Administration has approved its adalimumab biosimilar candidate for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis.  Henlius stated that this is its third biosimilar approval in China, following approval of its rituximab and trastuzumab biosimilar products. Celltrion…

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Biosimilar Market Updates: Samsung Biologics, Celltrion, and Alvotech

Samsung Biologics’ third quarter report disclosed that it had suspended its research and development of its SAIT101, a biosimilar of Rituxan.  As we previously reported, the rituximab product was being developed through Archigen Biotech, a joint venture with AstraZeneca.  According to a report in Korea Biomedical Review, a Samsung Biologics…

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Positive Results From Ustekinumab Biosimilar Phase I Trial and Infliximab Biosimilar Switching Studies

On October 20, 2020, NeuClone announced that it successfully completed its Phase I clinical trial of NeuLara, its proposed biosimilar of Stelara (ustekinumab).  According to Neuclone, the Phase I clinical trial demonstrated similar clinical pharmacokinetics, and safety, immunogenicity and tolerability profiles of NeuLara compared to US- and EU-sourced Stelara.  NeuLara…

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Alvotech and DKSH Extend Partnership in Asia

Alvotech and DKSH recently announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to commercialize six new biosimilar candidates for the Asian markets.  The press release does not name the biosimilar candidates, but states that they “address[] multiple therapeutic areas.”  The companies previously entered into an exclusive license partnership for Alvotech’s adalimumab…

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Accord Healthcare has Launched Zercepac® (Trastuzumab) Biosimilar in the UK

Following approval by the European Commission in July, last week Accord Healthcare announced the launch of Zercepac® a biosimilar to Herceptin® in the United Kingdom.  According to the press release, Zercepac® is indicated for the treatment of certain patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer, HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, and previously untreated…

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