Tagged as: biosimilars

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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Sandoz Initiates Declaratory Judgment Action Against Amgen Concerning Manufacturing of Filgrastim and Pegfilgrastim Biosimilars

On February 21, 2019, Sandoz initiated a lawsuit against Amgen in the Northern District of California seeking a declaration that its biosimilar filgrastim and pegfilgrastim products do not infringe the Amgen’s ’997 patent. The ’997 patent relates to a method of protein purification and is in the same patent family…

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Health Canada Drops Suffix in Biologic and Biosimilar Naming Convention

Last week, Health Canada announced that biologic drugs, including biosimilars, will be identified “by their unique brand name and non-proprietary (common) name, without the addition of a product-specific suffix. Both the brand name and non-proprietary name should be used throughout the medication use process so that biologics that share the…

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Alvotech Raises US$300 Million To Boost Biosimilar Pipeline

Alvotech announced today that its current product pipeline of “six biosimilar monoclonal antibodies aimed at treating cancer, autoimmune, inflammatory and other diseases” will receive an injection of capital from funds raised through a private bond offering. Having raised US$300 million, Alvotech plan to use the net proceeds “to fuel continued…

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Kashiv Pharma Acquires Adello Biologics and Becomes Kashiv BioSciences

Yesterday, Kashiv Pharma, LLC announced its acquisition of the assets of Adello Biologics, LLC, a biotechnology company developing biosimilars.  Kashiv will now be known as Kashiv BioSciences, LLC with its headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  It also has research and development and manufacturing facilities in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Piscataway, New…

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Congressman Sarbanes Introduces Bill to Curb "Pay-For-Delay" Agreements - UPDATED with Proposed Legislation

On July 23, 2018, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Biosimilars Competition Act of 2018, meant to curb “pay-for-delay” agreements entered into by biologic and biosimilar drug manufacturers.  According to Congressman Sarbanes, the purpose of the bill is to help lower the cost of prescription drugs by affirmatively giving…

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Biocon Biosimilars Facility Receives EU GMP Certification

Last week Biocon announced that it has received EU GMP certification for its biosimilars facility in Bangalore, after an inspection by European agencies this past March. Biocon’s Bangalore biosimilar facilities were also inspected earlier this year by the FDA, and last month Biocon announced the FDA issued an Establishment Inspection Report stating “that the inspection stands…

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Biosimilars Update: Clinical Trials, Marketing Authorization Applications, Licenses, and Launches

Today, we’re catching up with news from around the industry. Amgen recently announced top-line results from a Phase 3 study evaluating its infliximab biosimilar candidate, ABP 710.  According to the announcement, the study, a randomized, double-blind trial of 558 patients over 22 weeks, demonstrated the non-inferiority of ABP 710 to…

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