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Innovation over imitation: High-cost biosimilar FOB development, slow uptake Biosimilars/General | Posted 03/02/2010

In an article by Xencor President and CEO Bassil Dahiyat, published in Pharmaceutical Executive on 4 November 2009, the development of ‘biobetter’ follow-on biologics (FOBs) — optimised versions of...

Innovation over imitation: ‘Biobetter’ follow-on biologics Biosimilars/General | Posted 03/02/2010

In an article by Xencor President and CEO Bassil Dahiyat, published in Pharmaceutical Executive on 4 November 2009, the development of ‘biobetter’ follow-on biologics (FOBs) — optimised versions of...

FTC- Biosimilars to spur innovation and competitive prices Biosimilars/Research | Posted 02/02/2010

In the Journal of Generic Medicines (published online 8 September 2009), Michael Wroblewski and Elizabeth Jex of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) write about the promise of follow-on biologics...

EU regulators request details of drug patent settlements Generics/News | Posted 02/02/2010

The European Commission reported on 12 January 2010 that it requested information from several drugmakers in relation to patent settlement agreements made between July 2008 and December 2009.

European patients trust generic medicines Generics/Research | Posted 02/02/2010

In total 2,800 patients participated in the European Health study by InSites Consulting. Seven out of ten participants indicated the ability to differentiate generic medicines from brand medicines....

Time for a re-evaluation of ESAs Biosimilars/Research | Posted 01/02/2010

In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by Ellis F Unger, Aliza M Thompson, Melanie J Blank, and Robert Temple, published on 6 January 2010 at NEJM.org, it is stated that it is...

Campbell Alliance: how biotech should prepare for biosimilars Biosimilars/News | Posted 01/02/2010

In the recently published article ‘Bracing for Biosimilars’ by Kuyler Doyle, Tony Lanzone and Fahti Khosrow-Shahi of management consultancy firm Campbell Alliance, some insight is given into what c...

Sanofi-aventis still owns clopidogrel users patent for acute coronary syndrome, in contrast to most generic clopidogrels Generics/News | Posted 01/02/2010

Since the European product patent on sanofi-aventis’ clopidogrel antiplatelet agent Plavixâ – one of the world's best-selling drugs with global sales of US$8.6 billion in 2008, co-marketed with Bri...