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Extrapolation of indications for biosimilar infliximab and etanercept

Biosimilar infliximab (Inflectra/Remsima) was approved in Europe in September 2013 for the same indications as the originator product (Remicade). More recently, biosimilar etanercept (Benepali) was approved in Europe in January 2016 for the same indications as the originator product (Enbrel) [1]. Researchers from the National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King’s College London, discuss the extrapolation of the indications for the biosimilars [2].

Trials for biosimilar etanercept

Biosimilar etanercept was approved in Europe in January 2016 [1]. Researchers from the National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King’s College London, discuss the trials that led to the approval of biosimilar etanercept [2].

Differences in efficacy assessment in clinical trials for biosimilars

Clinical trial design should be standardized according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts, USA and Newcastle University in the UK [1]. They argue that a ‘standard clinical trial design be adopted for all biosimilars of a particular [originator biological] in a given disease’.

Trials for biosimilar infliximab

Biosimilar infliximab was launched in the UK in March 2015. Researchers from the National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King’s College London, discuss the trials that led to the approval of biosimilar infliximab [1].

Biosimilars in nephrology in the US

Biosimilars are biological medicines that are highly similar to the reference product with no meaningful clinical differences in terms of safety, purity and potency. All biologicals are produced by living cells resulting in an inherent heterogeneity in their higher order structures and post-translational modifications.

Standardizing clinical trials for biosimilars

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, USA and Newcastle University, UK argue that clinical trial design should be standardized for future studies of biosimilars [1]. Indeed, they argue that a ‘standard clinical trial design be adopted for all biosimilars of a particular [originator biological] in a given disease’.

Study design for biosimilar trials

Biosimilars have been available in the field of rheumatology since 2015. In light of this fact, researchers from the National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King’s College London, discuss study design for biosimilar trials [1].

NOR-SWITCH study finds biosimilar infliximab not inferior to originator

Results of a two-year phase IV study have shown that Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion)’s infliximab biosimilar (Remsima, CT-P13) is not inferior to the originator biological Remicade.

Biosimilars versus generics

Since 2015, biosimilars have been available in the field of rheumatology. Researchers from the National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King’s College London discuss how such biosimilars differ from the more traditional generics [1].

Biosimilars: clinicians and regulators need to talk

In Europe, there is a clear gap between the regulatory decisions that govern biosimilar approval and the recommendations of medical societies. The fact that the views of medical societies, whose members are the physicians that will prescribe biosimilars, disagree with those of regulators, may hold back biosimilar uptake.