Tagged as: biosimilars

Lotus and CKD Announce Biosimilar Collaboration

On September 19, 2020, Lotus Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Lotus”) and Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp. (“CKD”) announced that they have entered into a commercialization agreement in connection with CKD’s biosimilar darbepoetin alfa, a second-generation epoetin indicated for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic renal failure.  According to Lotus’ press…

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Coherus Neulasta biosimilar loses preferred status at Express Scripts

Last week it was announced that Coherus BioSciences’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar Udencya would be excluded from Express Scripts’s preferred formulary starting January 1, 2021. The pharmacy benefit manager’s preferred Neulasta biosimilars for next year are Mylan’s Fulphila and Sandoz’s Ziextenzo.

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Vizient Looks to Biosimilars to Help Contain COVID-19 Drug Price Inflation

Last week, Vizient, a healthcare performance improvement company, released its Summer 2020 Drug Price Forecast.  In the forecast, Vizient reported on the role of COVID-19 in changing healthcare priorities and affecting spending.  Particularly, it advised its member health care groups to hedge against drug price inflation, which it estimated will…

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Litigation Update: Genentech’s Motion to Dismiss Amgen’s Counterclaims Denied in Avastin Biosimilar Litigation

On February 11, 2020, in the Biogen v. Amgen BPCIA litigation regarding MVASI (bevacizumab-awwb), Amgen’s biosimilar of AVASTIN, Judge Colm Connolly of the Delaware District Court denied most of Genentech’s motion to dismiss Amgen’s affirmative defenses and counterclaims.  Amgen had pled counterclaims seeking declaratory judgments that the asserted patents are…

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Biosimilars Update: Bio-Thera Solutions BAT1706 (bevacizumab) and Pfizer RUXIENCE (rituximab)

Below are a few biosimilar-related updates from the past week. Bio-Thera Solutions announced that in a Phase III clinical trial of BAT1706 (bevacizumab), BAT1706 met its primary endpoint, demonstrating “equivalence in overall response rate (ORR) for the first-line treatment of patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer.”  Bio-Thera indicated that…

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