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FDA rejects trastuzumab and rituximab biosimilars

US pharma giant Pfizer announced on 23 April 2018 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had rejected its application for approval of its trastuzumab biosimilar. Then Sandoz, part of Novartis, announced on 2 May 2018 that its biosimilar rituximab application had also been rejected.

Australia approves rituximab biosimilar Truxima

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 23 April 2018 that Australia’s regulatory body, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has approved its rituximab biosimilar, Truxima (CT‑P10).

FDA rejects Celltrion/Teva’s rituximab and trastuzumab biosimilars

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 6 April 2018 that it had received complete response letters (CRLs) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its candidate rituximab (CT‑P10) and trastuzumab (CT‑P6) biosimilars.

EMA approval for infliximab biosimilar Zessly

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 23 March 2018 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for the infliximab biosimilar Zessly.

EMA approval for trastuzumab biosimilar Kanjinti

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 23 March 2018 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for the trastuzumab biosimilar Kanjinti.

Insulin biosimilar Semglee gains EC and Australian approval

India-based Biocon and US-based partner Mylan announced on 28 March 2018 that they had received European Commission (EC) and Australian approval for their co-developed insulin glargine biosimilar, Semglee.

Trastuzumab biosimilar Ontruzant launched in the UK

Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), which is known as Merck in the US and Canada, announced on 8 March 2018 that it had launched the trastuzumab biosimilar, Ontruzant, in the UK.

Insulin glargine biosimilar gains South Korean approval

South Korea-based GC Pharma (formerly Green Cross Corporation) announced on 8 March 2018 that it had received approval for its insulin glargine biosimilar Glarzia from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).

Trastuzumab biosimilar launched in South Korea

South Korean pharmaceutical company Daewoong Pharmaceutical announced on 5 March 2018 that it had launched trastuzumab biosimilar Samfenet, developed by Samsung Bioepis, in South Korea.

EC approval for trastuzumab biosimilar Herzuma

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 14 February 2018 that it had received European Commission (EC) approval for its biosimilar trastuzumab product Herzuma (CT‑P6).

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