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Increase in use of biosimilar rituximab for NHL treatment

Researchers from the UK and US reported on how the treatment approach for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients has changed since the first biosimilars of rituximab were approved in the European Union five (EU5: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK) [1].

Comparison of biosimilar and originator bevacizumab in NSCLC

A study carried out by international researchers reported results from a comparative clinical study of PF‑06439535, a candidate bevacizumab biosimilar compared to originator bevacizumab, in patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [1].

Pooled analysis results of adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab biosimilars

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen Idec (Biogen) joint venture Samsung Bioepis, along with Biogen, announced on 13 June 2018 results of a pooled analysis combining data from three phase III trials that compared the efficacy and safety of anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) biosimilars to their reference biologicals.

Comparison of trial and real-world data for biosimilar filgrastim

A study carried out by researchers from Germany compared results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Sandoz’s biosimilar filgrastim and post-approval data on the safety of the biosimilar [1].

Alternative mAb purification strategies: a tool to increase global access to biotherapeutics?

The monoclonal antibodies’ (mAbs) market is dominant among therapeutic biologicals. Between 2013 and 2017, it has witnessed the approval of 11 biosimilars and 33 new molecules by the regulatory authorities in the EU and the US [1]. A foreseen increase in demand arising from both the western world and several developing countries requires a productivity increase at the same time that the biopharmaceutical industry is being pressured to reduce the costs of life-saving drugs.

Positive switching data for infliximab and etanercept biosimilars

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 15 June 2018 results of new phase III, long-term and switching data for its infliximab biosimilar Zessly (PF‑06438179) and its etanercept biosimilar Erelzi in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Switching from Basalin to Lantus effective in Chinese diabetes patients

Switching from copy biological (Basalin) to originator (Lantus) insulin glargine is effective in Chinese patients with diabetes mellitus, according to authors from the Qingdao Endocrine and Diabetes Hospital, China [1].

Safety and immunogenicity of originator and biosimilar trastuzumab

A study carried out by international researchers reported results from the HERiTAge trial of Mylan/Biocon’s biosimilar trastuzumab, Ogivri (trastuzumab‑dkst) [1].

Positive phase III results for Amgen’s infliximab biosimilar

Biotech giant Amgen announced on 27 June 2018 positive data from a phase III study of their infliximab biosimilar (ABP 710) compared to Remicade (infliximab).

Biosimilars: implications for oncologists

In 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first biosimilar, filgrastim-sndz, a biosimilar of the granulocyte colony-stimulating factor filgrastim. Since then, FDA has approved four additional biosimilar tumour necrosis factor α inhibitors, and in May 2017, the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee voted in favour of approval of an epoetin alfa biosimilar. Three biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been approved in the US. Although their indications are for chronic inflammatory diseases, according to authors Robert Rifkin and Susan Peck, oncologists should become familiar with these agents, because they may need to administer these drugs for patients who have concurrent chronic inflammatory conditions [1].