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Biosimilars of adalimumab Posted 03/10/2014

Last update: 15 September 2017

Adalimumab is a human monoclonal antibody that treats autoimmune diseases by inhibiting tumour necrosis factor (TNF); a soluble inflammatory cytokine. Adalimumab binds to TNF-alpha (TNF-α), preventing it from activating TNF receptors, which cause the inflammatory reactions associated with autoimmune diseases. Adalimumab is indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid, juvenile idiopathic and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and ulcerative colitis.

The originator product, AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2002 and by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in September 2003 [1]. Humira had worldwide sales of US$16.1 billion in 2016.

The patents on Humira will expire in the US in November 2017 and in Europe in June 2017 [1]. Some of the adalimumab biosimilars in development are presented in Table 1.

Table 1: Biosimilars and non-originator biologicals* of adalimumab approved or in development

Company name, Country

Product name

Stage of development

Adello Biologics

-

Preclinical

AET BioTech/BioXpress Therapeutics, Germany/Switzerland

-

Biosimilar in pipeline. Development partnership announced in November 2012 [2]

Amgen, USA

Amjevita (US)/ Amgevita (EU)/ Solymbic (EU)
(ABP 501)

Approved by US FDA in September 2016 [3] and by EMA in January 2017 [4]

Baxalta (now part of Shire), USA

BAX 923

Phase III confirmatory trial ongoing

Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany

Cyltezo (US) (BI 695501)

Phase I trials in Belgium and New Zealand completed in 2012 and 2015 [5, 6]. Positive results from phase III trials reported in October 2016, June 2017 and July 2017 [7-9]. Submitted to EMA and FDA in January 2017 [10]. Approved by FDA in August 2017 [11]

Celltrion, South Korea

CT-P17

In pipeline

Coherus Biosciences, USA

CHS-1420

Pharmacokinetic study completed in August 2014 [12]. Ongoing phase III trial met primary endpoint demonstrating similarity in January 2017 [13].

Fresenius Kabi, Germany [Bought from Merck KGaA (Merck Group) in 2017] [14] 

MSB11022

Phase III trial started in March 2016. Expected to be completed in September 2017 [15]

Fujifilm/Kyowa Hakko Kirin (Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics), Japan

FKB327

50:50 joint venture announced in March 2012. Positive results from phase III trial reported in October 2016. Submitted to EMA in May 2017 [16]

LG Life Sciences/Mochida Pharmaceutical, South Korea/Japan

LBAL

Phase I trial expected to be completed in March 2015 [17]

mAbxience, Spain

-

In pipeline

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, USA

M923

Phase III trial started in October 2015 [18]. Momenta was collaborating with Baxter on six biosimilars [19]. Adalimumab collaboration ended in September 2016 [20]. Positive results from phase III trial reported in November 2016 [21].

Oncobiologics/Viropro, USA

ONS-3010

Phase I PK study completed in February 2015 [22]. One of six monoclonal antibody biosimilars for which the companies are collaborating [23].  Phase III trial expected to start in 2018.

Pfizer, USA

PF-06410293

Phase I trial expected to be completed in January 2014 [24]. Phase III trial in RA ongoing

PlantForm, Canada

-

Clinical trials in humans began in 2014. Launch, in partnership with a pharmaceutical company, in world markets expected in 2016 [25]

Prestige Biopharma

PBP1502

In phase I development

Samsung Bioepis (Biogen/Samsung)/Merck [26], South Korea/USA

Imraldi (SB5)

Phase I trial completed. Phase III trial expected to be completed in May 2015 [27]. Approved by EMA on 23 June 2016 [28]

Sandoz, Switzerland

GP2017

Started phase III trial in December 2013 [29], expected to be completed in April 2016. Positive data from phase III trial in psoriasis reported in March 2017. Submitted to EMA in June 2017 [30]

Torrent Pharmaceuticals, India*

Adfrar

Similar biologic’ launched in India in January 2016 [31]

Zydus Cadila, India*

Exemptia 
(ZRC3197)

Similar biologic’ launched in India in December 2014 [32]

EMA: European Medicines Agency; EU: European Union; FDA: US Food and Drug Administration;
PK: pharmacokinetic; RA: rheumatoid arthritis.
*See editor’s comment

There appear to be several front runners in the race to biosimilar adalimumab in Europe/the US. Momenta Pharmaceuticals (Momenta) and generics maker Sandoz have both completed phase III trials with their candidates [18, 29]. But leading the race are biotech major Amgen and Samsung Bioepis (a Biogen and Samsung joint venture), who have both submitted their marketing applications to EMA for approval [4, 28]. While the FDA approved Amgen’s biosimilar adalimumab in September 2016 [3].

Sandoz already markets biosimilar somatropin (Omnitrope), biosimilar epoetin alfa (Binocrit) and biosimilar filgrastim (Zarzio) in countries across Europe [33] and elsewhere. Omnitrope, approved under the 505(b)(2) pathway of the Hatch-Waxman Act, is also marketed in the US.

Indian generics maker Zydus Cadila launched its similar biologic in India in December 2014 under the brand name Exemptia (adalimumab). At the time, the company claimed that it was ‘the first company anywhere in the world to launch a biosimilar of adalimumab’ [32].

Editor’s comment
It should be noted that ‘similar biologics’ approved in India and ‘medicamento biológico similares’ approved in Argentina might not have been authorized following as strict a regulatory process as is required for approval of biosimilars in the European Union. The EMA (European Medicines Agency) regulatory requirements ensure the same high standards of quality, safety and efficacy for biosimilars as for originator biologicals, and also include a rigorous comparability exercise with the reference product.

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Biosimilars of adalimumab/ Zydus Cadila posted 19/12/2014 - by Sandeep

Zydus Cadila launched a biosimilar for this drug in India in Dec 2014. Should that not be added to this page?

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