Tagged as: Humira

The FDA’s Purple Book

As we previously reported, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act” enacted in December of last year contained a provision that required FDA to create a searchable, electronic database of biologics and to update it with patent information provided to an applicant during the patent dance.  As of the effective date of June…

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Alvotech Announces Reaching the Primary Completion Date in Its AVT02 Switching Study

On June 15, 2021 Alvotech announced that data collection has been completed from the last of its 568 clinical trial study participants in AVT02-GL-302, a switching study for AVT02, the company’s biosimilar to high concentration (100mg/mL) Humira®. The switching study compared the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of AVT02 (40…

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Study Concludes Two Adalimumab Biosimilars may be as Safe and Effective as Originator

An article published last week in Scientific Reports describes the results of a multicenter prospective study evaluating the safety and efficacy of switching IBD patients from Abbvie’s Humira product to either of two adalimumab biosimilars, ABP501 (Amgen) and SB5 (Samsung Bioepsis).  The authors concluded from this study that both biosimilars…

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7th Circuit Evaluates the "Patent Thicket"

Last week the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in UFCW Local 1500 Welfare Fund v. AbbVie Inc., Case No. 20-2402.  The appeal concerns the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’ dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that AbbVie, Inc. created a “patent thicket”…

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Celltrion begins Phase 3 trial of aflibercept biosimilar

Celltrion Inc. has begun a Phase 3 clinical trial of CT-P42, an aflibercept biosimilar referencing Regeneron’s Eylea.  The trial will enroll 300 patients with diabetic macular edema, and aims to compare CT-P42’s efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics, and immunogenicity against Eylea. Celltrion adds CT-P42 to its pipeline of other investigational biosimilars, including…

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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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Biologic and Biosimilar Approval Updates

The U.S. FDA recently approved Genentech’s Phesgo™ for the treatment of early and metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer, in combination with chemotherapy.  Phesgo™ is a fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase, administered via subcutaneous injection. Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics recently announced that it received approval in Japan for its adalimumab…

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