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EMA accepts application for adalimumab biosimilar from Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics

Japan-based biosimilars developer Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics announced on 22 May 2017 that its application for approval for its proposed adalimumab biosimilar (FKB327) had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

EMA approval for insulin and rituximab biosimilars

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 19 May 2017 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for Insulin lispro Sanofi and for the rituximab biosimilars Blitzima, Ritemvia and Tuxella.

Positive phase I results for Cinfa’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar

Spanish biosimilars developer Cinfa Biotech (Cinfa) announced on 17 May 2017 that results from the second phase I study of its pegfilgrastim biosimilar (B12019) had met its primary endpoints.

Second infliximab biosimilar to be launched in Australia in 2Q 2017

Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) announced on 1 May 2017 its intention to launch the infliximab biosimilar Renflexis in the second half of 2017.

FDA approves biosimilar infliximab Renflexis

Samsung Bioepis announced on 24 April 2017 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved its biosimilar version of Johnson & Johnson and Merck’s Remicade (infliximab).

EMA approval for etanercept and rituximab biosimilars

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 21 April 2017 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for the etanercept biosimilar Erelzi and for the rituximab biosimilars Rixathon and Riximyo.

Advances in ranibizumab and teriparatide biosimilars

Positive results have been reported from a ranibizumab biosimilar and a teriparatide biosimilar has entered phase III trials.

Trastuzumab biosimilar submitted for approval in Japan

Japan-based Nippon Kayaku announced on 11 April 2017 that it had submitted an application for its trastuzumab biosimilar, CT-P6, to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan.

Basal analogue insulin ‘copy biological’ launched in Indonesia

Indonesian generics maker Kalbe Pharma (Kalbe) announced on 25 March 2017 the launch of a basal analogue insulin ‘copy biological’ in Indonesia.

EC approval for adalimumab biosimilar Amgevita

Biotech giant Amgen announced on 23 March 2017 that the European Commission (EC) had granted marketing authorization for its adalimumab biosimilar Amgevita.

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