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FDA advisers recommend approval of rituximab biosimilar CT-P10

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisers have voted unanimously to recommended approval for CT‑P10, a biosimilar version of Roche’s MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab). If approved by FDA, this would be the first rituximab biosimilar approved in the US.

Two darbepoetin alfa biosimilars submitted to Japan’s MHLW

Two South Korean firms have announced that they have submitted applications for approval of their proposed darbepoetin alfa biosmilars to Japan’s regulatory agency, the Ministry for Health Labour and Welfare (MHLW).

EC approval for adalimumab and pegfilgrastim biosimilars Hulio and Udenyca

In September 2018, adalimumab biosimilar, Hulio, and pegfilgrastim biosimilar, Udenyca, received European Commission (EC) approval.

EMA approves pegfilgrastim biosimilars Fulphila, Pelmeg and Ziextenzo

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 21 September 2018 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorizations for the pegfilgrastim biosimilars Fulphila, Pelmeg and Ziextenzo.

Adalimumab copy biologicals accepted for review in China

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has accepted applications for approval of adalimumab copy biologicals from Hisun Pharma (Hisun) and Bio‑Thera Solutions (Bio‑Thera).

Adalimumab and trastuzumab biosimilars gain EC approval

A trastuzumab biosimilar from Pfizer and three adalimumab biosimilars from Sandoz have been approved by the European Commission (EC).

Japan approves first darbepoetin alfa biosimilar

Japan-based Kyowa Hakko Kirin announced on 16 August 2018 that it had gained Japanese approval for its darbepoetin alfa biosimilar.

Trastuzumab and Bevacizumab products approved in Australia and Argentina

Australia has approved a trastuzumab biosimilar and Argentina has approved a bevacizumab medicamento biológico similar.

EMA approves adalimumab and pegfilgrastim biosimilars

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 27 July 2018 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for the adalimumab biosimilar Hulio and also for the pegfilgrastim biosimilars Pelgraz and Udenyca.

FDA approves filgrastim biosimilar Nivestym

On 20 July 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its second filgrastim biosimilar. The filgrastim biosimilar, Nivestym (filgrastim-aafi), is produced by US pharma giant Pfizer.