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Celltrion wins biosimilar deals and Duopharma increases focus on biosimilars in SE Asia

Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) has won tenders to supply infliximab to Singapore and rituximab to Thailand, while CCM Duopharma Biotech Bhd (CCMD) aims to increase revenue contribution from its biosimilar products from 22% to over 25%.

Copy biologicals approved in China

In China, the regulatory body for the approval of medicines, including biologicals, is the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA: simplified Chinese: 国家食品药品监督管理局).

Biosimilars of filgrastim

Last update: 25 January 2019

Filgrastim is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). Filgrastim treatment can be used to stimulate the bone marrow to produce more neutrophils (white blood cells) to fight infection in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Pfizer drops five preclinical biosimilar programmes

US pharma giant Pfizer confirmed on 15 January 2019 that it had terminated five of its preclinical biosimilar programmes after looking at the results of the company’s annual investment review.

Green Shield Canada’s biosimilar switch pilot a success

Canadian not-for-profit healthcare benefits specialist, Green Shield Canada (GSC), announced in December 2018 that its biosimilar transition pilot had been successfully completed.

Adalimumab biosimilar Imraldi makes waves in Europe

Korean biosimilars maker Samsung Bioepis has gained more than 60% of the adalimumab market in Germany for its adalimumab biosimilar, Imraldi. But it’s not just Imraldi and not just in Germany, the company’s accumulated sales for three of its biosimilars in Europe reached US$545.2 million in 2018.

Similar biotherapeutic products approved and marketed in Latin America

Last update: 1 February 2019

Regulation of similar biotherapeutic products in Latin America varies widely among different countries. Although many countries have yet to introduce guidance for biosimilars, Latin America is moving towards increasing standards of regulation for these products [1, 2].

Biosimilars of darbepoetin alfa

Last update: 1 February 2019

Darbepoetin alfa is a synthetic form of erythropoietin. It stimulates erythropoiesis (increases red blood cell levels) and is used to treat anaemia, commonly associated with chronic renal failure and cancer chemotherapy.

Biosimilars of pegfilgrastim

Last update: 25 January 2019

Pegfilgrastim is a PEGylated form of the recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) analogue filgrastim. It serves to stimulate the level of white blood cells (neutrophils). Pegfilgrastim treatment can be used to stimulate bone marrow to produce more neutrophils (white blood cells) to fight infection in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Celltrion wins patent suit in Japan over trastuzumab biosimilar

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 5 November 2018 that it had won a patent suit in Japan involving its trastuzumab biosimilar, Herzuma (CT‑P6)