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IPRF template for summary information for biosimilar reviews

The Biosimilars Working Group (BWG) of the International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum (IPRF) has released a template for Public Assessment Summary Information for Biosimilar (PASIB).

Biosimilars of cetuximab

Last Update: 1 April 2016 

Cetuximab is a chimeric (mouse/human) monoclonal antibody. It inhibits epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and is used to treat metastatic colorectal cancer, metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and head and neck cancer.

IGBA opposes WHO biological qualifier

The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a proposal to assign Biological Qualifiers (BQs), which are random alphabetic codes, to help standardize the naming of biologicals, including biosimilars [1]. However, not everyone agrees with their proposal.

US doctors poised to prescribe biosimilars

A survey of specialists in the US has found that nearly half of them expect to prescribe biosimilars to treatment-naïve patients.

Amgen sues Sandoz over etanercept biosimilar

Following the submission of application for approval of its etanercept biosimilar in the US, Sandoz is coming under fire from originator company Amgen.

Sandoz acquires EEA rights to infliximab biosimilar from Pfizer

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 12 February 2016 that it had acquired the rights for the development and commercialization of Pfizer’s biosimilar infliximab (PF-06438179) in the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes the 28 countries of the European Union (EU), plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

FDA releases ‘Overview of Biosimilar Products’

As part of its ongoing mission to educate industry, the public and healthcare professionals about biosimilars, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an online educational course for healthcare professionals.

Biosimilars of darbepoetin alfa

Last update: 26 February 2016

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.

Celltrion to use cloud-based technology for its biosimilars trials

On 20 January 2016, Korea-based biopharmaceutical company Celltrion announced that it had adopted Medidata’s Clinical Cloud to provide scalable technology for its biosimilars development programmes. The technologies include electronic data capture and management (Medidata Rave), medical coding (Medidata Coder) and randomization and trial supply management (Medidata Balance).

Biologicals patent expiries

Biosimilars are now a reality. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved its first biosimilar back in 2006 [1] and, with the increasing price of new biologicals and continuing pressure on healthcare budgets, biosimilars are expected to make up an increasing share of the biologicals market.

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