Tagged as: Regulatory

FDA Approves BMS and J&J CAR-T Cell Therapies for the Earlier Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

On April 4, 2024, Bristol Myers Squibb (“BMS”) and 2seventy bio, Inc. announced that the FDA has approved ABECMA (idecabtagene vicleucel) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma after two or more prior lines of therapy including an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD), a proteasome inhibitor (PI),…

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FDA Approves New Indication for AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo’s Cancer Drug ENHERTU

On April 5, the FDA granted accelerated approval to AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo’s ENHERTU (trastuzumab deruxtecan) for adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive (IHC3+) solid tumors who have received prior systemic treatment and have no satisfactory alternative treatment options. ENHERTU, which is now FDA-approved for five indications, is a…

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FDA Approves First Gene Therapy to Treat Children with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

On March 18, 2024, the FDA approved Orchard Therapeutics’ LENMELDY, the first approved gene therapy for the treatment of children with metachromatic leukodysrophy (MLD).  MLD is a rare, fatal genetic disease affecting approximately one in every 40,000 individuals in the U.S.  LENMELDY is made from patient’s own hematopoietic (blood) stem…

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Biden Administration Proposes Biosimilar Substitution Without Interchangeability

The Biden Administration recently released a 2025 Budget Proposal which includes permitting biosimilar substitution without the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) separate determination of interchangeability.  Specifically, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)’s 2025 proposed budget includes a budget-neutral provision for allowing biosimilar substitution without a separate determination…

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Celltrion Announces Commercial Availability of ZYMFENTRA™ (infliximab-dyyb)

Celltrion USA announced on March 18, 2024, the availability of ZYMFENTRA™ (infliximab-dyyb), a subcutaneous (SC) formulation of infliximab.  ZYMFENTRA™, approved by the FDA in October 2023, is the first FDA-approved SC infliximab for the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis and moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease, with…

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Fresenius Kabi Announces FDA Approval of TYENNE, a Tocilizumab Biosimilar Referencing ACTEMRA

On March 7, Fresenius Kabi announced that the FDA has approved its tocilizumab biosimilar, TYENNE (tocilizumab-aazg) for inflammatory and immune diseases indications including rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.  TYENNE is the second FDA approved biosimilar of ACTEMRA (following Biogen’s TOFIDENCE (tocilizumab-bavi)…

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Teva and Alvotech’s Adalimumab Biosimilar Receives Interchangeable Status at FDA

On February 23rd, 2024, Alvotech and Teva announced FDA’s approval of SIMLANDI (adalimumab-ryvk), the first high-concentration and citrate-free biosimilar interchangeable with Humira. SIMLANDI injection was approved for nine indications—rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurative, and uveitis. The approval follows…

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