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Pharma companies sue EMA to block release of data

US-based biotech companies AbbVie and InterMune have both sued EMA in a bid to block publication of clinical trial data for their drugs.

US FDA defends biosimilar substitution

US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg defended the substitution of interchangeable biosimilars at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) Annual Meeting which was held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 20–22 February 2013.

Biosimilars to replace 70% of chemical drugs

Biosimilars will replace some 70% of global chemical drugs over the next couple of decades, according to industry experts. This replacement will occur due to the better safety profiles of biosimilars compared to chemical drugs and the fact that many originator biologicals will lose their patent protection in the coming years, according to Mr Appaji, Director General of Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil).

Top developments in biosimilars during 2012

Much has happened in the biosimilars’ industry over the last year.

Originator biologicals approved and marketed in Germany

Last updated: 14 December 2012 

The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte, BfArM) is responsible for the approval, i.e. marketing authorization, of medicinal products, including biologicals, in Germany.

Competing biosimilars to Amgen’s biologicals

Amgen has been a leading biotechnology company since 1980. Amgen pioneered the development of novel products based on advances in recombinant DNA and molecular biology and launched the biotechnology industry’s first blockbuster medicines.

ABPI issues position paper on biosimilars

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), which represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies in the UK, announced on 12 November 2012 the publication of its position paper on biosimilars.

Biosimilars approved and marketed in Germany

Last updated: 23 November 2012 

The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte, BfArM) is responsible for the approval, i.e. marketing authorization, of medicinal products, including biosimilars, in Germany.

American dermatologists update position statement on biosimilar substitution

On 3 November 2012, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) updated its position statement on generics and biosimilar substitution to reflect its views, in particular on interchangeability* and naming of biosimilars.

EMA definitions of generics and biosimilars

Confusion surrounding terms used in the global field of generics and biosimilars is a recognised problem. The members of the Biosimilar Medicinal Products Working Party at EMA have recently expressed the need to propose a more precise definition for biosimilars due to problems arising from imprecise usage of the term in the scientific literature and elsewhere [1].