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Amgen Launches AMJEVITA—First Biosimilar to HUMIRA in the United States

Amgen announced today the launch of AMJEVITA (adalimumab-atto), a biosimilar to AbbVie’s HUMIRA (adalimumab), in the United States.  AMJEVITA was the first HUMIRA biosimilar approved by the FDA and is now the first to be launched in the United States. AMJEVITA is approved to treat seven inflammatory diseases, including moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults,…

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Alvotech and Bioventure Announce Approval of ADALIMUMAB Biosimilar in Saudi Arabia

On January 24, Alvotech and Bioventure, a subsidiary of GlobalOne Healthcare Holding LLC, announced that the Saudi Food & Drug Authority has approved SIMLANDI, a biosimilar referencing HUMIRA (adalimumab), in Saudi Arabia. According to the press release, Bioventure is Alvotech’s exclusive strategic partner for the commercialization of SIMLANDI in the…

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Amneal Launches RELEUKO (filgrastim-ayow) in the United States

On November 22, 2022, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Amneal”) announced the commercial launch of RELEUKO, a biosimilar referencing Neupogen.  RELEUKO is used to treat neutropenia which is commonly experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy.  RELEUKO is Amneal’s second U.S. biosimilar launch.  As we previously reported, Amneal announced the launch of its first…

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FDA Approves Eli Lilly’s REZVOGLAR As the Second Interchangeable Insulin Glargine

On November 16, FDA approved Eli Lilly’s REZVOGLAR (insulin glargine-aglr) as the second interchangeable biosimilar to LANTUS (insulin glargine), joining SEMGLEE (insulin glargine-yfgn), which was previously approved as interchangeable to LANTUS.  Regarding REZVOGLAR’s approval as interchangeable, FDA stated: “This approval furthers FDA’s longstanding commitment to support a competitive marketplace for…

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International Biosimilar Market Updates

Stelis Biopharma Receives Positive Recommendation for FORSTEO Biosimilar in Europe On November 14, Stelis Biopharma Limited (Stelis), the biologics arm of Strides Pharma Science Limited, announced that its first biosimilar product KAULIV received a positive recommendation from European Medicines Agency (EMA) for granting market authorization.  KAULIV is a biosimilar referencing…

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Similis Bio and Blau Farmaceutica Enter into Development and License Agreement for Biosimilars

On October 25, 2022, JSR Life Sciences and Blau Farmaceutica announced that Similis Bio, JSR Life Sciences’s business unit focused on biosimilar development, has signed its first development and license agreement with Blau Farmaceutica, a Brazilian pharmaceutical company. According to the press release, the agreement contemplates a multi-product and multi-year…

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Request for Comments on USPTO Initiatives To Promote Generic Drug and Biosimilar Competition

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published a request for comments addressing a variety of topics related to generic drug and biosimilar competition.  In July 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” which directed the Secretary of Health & Human Services…

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Biosimilars Licensing Agreement Updates

Earlier this week, Biocon Biologics Ltd. announced that it has entered into a strategic out-licensing agreement with Yoshindo Inc. to commercialize ustekinumab and denosumab biosimilars for the Japanese market.  Pursuant to the agreement, Yoshindo gets exclusive commercialization rights for the biosimilars in Japan, with an estimated market opportunity of $700…

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