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Adalimumab and infliximab biosimilars from Sandoz accepted for review by EMA Posted 30/06/2017

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 31 May 2017 that the regulatory submissions for its proposed adalimumab (GP2017) and infliximab (PF‑06438179) biosimilars had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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.

GP2017 is a proposed biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab), which had worldwide sales of US$16.1 billion in 2016. The patents on Humira expire in the US in November 2017 and in Europe in June 2017 [1].

Infliximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody against TNF-α. It is used to treat autoimmune diseases, such as ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. 

PF‑06438179 is a proposed biosimilar to Johnson & Johnson and Merck’s Remicade (infliximab), which had worldwide sales of US$9.3 billion in 2014, before the advent of biosimilars. The patents on Remicade will expire in the US in September 2018 and expired in Europe in February 2015 [1].

Sandoz is seeking approval for their proposed biosimilars adalimumab and infliximab for use in all indications of their respective reference medicines, Humira and Remicade.

The comprehensive data packages included in EMA submissions, according to Sandoz ‘demonstrate biosimilarity of the proposed biosimilars to their respective reference medicines, with analytical, preclinical and clinical data matching across quality, efficacy and safety’.

The biosimilar adalimumab submission includes clinical data from pharmacokinetic (PK) studies and a phase III confirmatory efficacy and safety study in patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis. The biosimilar infliximab submission includes clinical data from a PK study and a phase III confirmatory efficacy and safety study in rheumatoid arthritis.

Sandoz already has three biosimilars approved in the European Union: Binocrit (epoetin alfa), Omnitrope (somatropin) and Zarzio (filgrastim) [2]. The company also gained US approval for its filgrastim biosimilar, Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), in March 2015 [3] – the first biosimilar to be approved in the US. It has also submitted applications for approval of its etanercept (GP2015), pegfilgrastim (LA-EP2006) and rituximab biosimilars to both US Food and Drug Administration [4, 5] and EMA [6-8].

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References
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