Tagged as: Biosimilars News

BREAKING: Court Upholds Validity of Enbrel® (etanercept) Patents in Immunex v. Sandoz Suit

Today, in the Immunex v. Sandoz BPCIA litigation, a District of New Jersey judge held that U.S. Patent No. 8,063,182, related to “the fusion protein etanercept, the active ingredient in Immunex’s product Enbrel®” and U.S. Patent No. 8,163,522, related to Enbrel®’s method of manufacture, are not invalid.  As we previously reported,…

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Trump Administration Announces Action Plan to Allow Safe Importation of Prescription Drugs

On July 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a Safe Importation Action Plan (“Action Plan”) created with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “allow the importation of certain prescription drugs originally intended for foreign markets,” particularly Canada. According to the HHS Secretary Alex Azar, “[the…

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Regulatory Update - 7/22/2019

Sandoz announced today that it has enrolled the first patient in the ROSALIA Integrated Phase I/III study for its proposed biosimilar denosumab to confirm matching efficacy, safety and immunogenicity with the reference medicine, Amgen’s PROLIA in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis.  The trial aims to study approximately 520 menopausal patients with osteoporosis…

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Court Denies TRO/PI in Genentech v. Amgen; Amgen Announces Launch

As we previously reported, on July 10, 2019, Genentech filed  motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Amgen in the Genentech v. Amgen BPCIA litigation related to Amgen’s trastuzumab biosimilar KANJINTI™ (trastuzumab-anns).  Yesterday, the District Court denied Genentech’s motions and lifted the standstill order given during the…

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Biosimilar and Follow-On Biologic Development Updates

Below are some highlights of recent news in biosimilar and follow-on biologic development: Prestige BioPharma On July 2, Prestige BioPharma (Prestige) licensed the rights to Tuznue, its trastuzumab biosimilar of Roche’s Herceptin, to Mundipharma in selected European markets. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently accepted a Marketing Authorisation Application for…

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Samsung Bioepis and Genentech Settle Trastuzumab Biosimilar Patent Disputes

On June 28, 2019, Samsung Bioepis and Genentech filed a joint stipulation of dismissal of their BPCIA patent litigation concerning ONTRUZANT (trastuzumab-dttb), Samsung Bioepis’s biosimilar of HERCEPTIN that received FDA-approval earlier this year.  According to the stipulation, the parties “have entered into a settlement agreement, and mutually agree to voluntarily dismiss…

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FDA Approves Fifth Biosimilar of HERCEPTIN

Today, June 13, 2019, the U.S. FDA approved Amgen’s aBLA for KANJINTI (trastuzumab-anns), a biosimilar of Genentech’s HERCEPTIN. According to its approved package insert, KANJINTI, like its reference product, is indicated for the treatment of HER2 overexpressing breast cancer and the treatment of HER2 overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction…

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Prescription Drug Prices Continue to Rise Despite Generics and Biosimilars

A recent analysis reveals that prescription drug prices continue to increase — even for drugs with FDA-approved therapeutic equivalents or biosimilar products. Dr. Nathan Wineinger evaluated the change in prescription drug prices over a 6-year period for the 49 top-selling brand-name medications in the United States. The price of 48…

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