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Danish etanercept switching study investigates withdrawal rates

A study carried out by researchers from Denmark has investigated switching from originator to biosimilar etanercept 1-year post switch [1].

Switching to biosimilars in rheumatology

Researchers from Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the UK and the US investigated switching from originator biologicals to biosimilars [1].

Additional clinical data for Cinfa’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar

Spanish biosimilars developer Cinfa Biotech (Cinfa) announced on 2 November 2017 additional clinical data for its candidate pegfilgrastim biosimilar (B12019).

Switching failures with biosimilar etanercept

A study carried out by researchers from Denmark has found that switching from originator to biosimilar etanercept does not work for all patients [1].

Reimbursement for oncology biosimilars in the US

How reimbursement issues for biosimilars might affect US oncologists was a subject discussed by Dr Rena Conti, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Chicago, USA [1].

Impact of follow-on biological products in the Brazilian health system

Cancer is an epidemic disease in the 21st century. However, despite consistent increases on its incidence worldwide, mortality rates have fallen, especially in developed countries [1, 2]. The victories mankind has achieved in the war against cancer result from advances in different fields, such as early diagnosis and better surgical, radiotherapeutic and systemic treatments.

Hospital specialists and pharmacists surveyed about biosimilars

Biological medicines are essential for many acute and chronic conditions, but their consumption differs widely among European countries [1, 2]. In contrast with the procedures for their approval [3], position papers from scientific societies suggest that biosimilars need to be tested in well-designed, randomized, controlled clinical trials, especially for extrapolation of indications [4, 5]. Nevertheless, switches with originators are becoming common and no serious adverse effects have been reported to date [6-8].

Positive phase III switching results for Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar

Results of a phase III extension study have shown that Celltrion Healthcare’s (Celltrion) infliximab biosimilar (CT-P13) is shown to be comparable in efficacy and safety to Johnson & Johnson/Merck’s Remicade in switched inflammatory bowel disease patients, according to the South Korean biotechnology company.

Switching from reference infliximab to CT P13 in IBD patients

Argüelles-Arias and colleagues from the Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena and the University of Seville in Spain carried out an observational study assessing the efficacy and safety of switching from Remicade to CT P13 in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) for up to 12 months [1].

Biosimilars in oncology in Europe

In the European Union (EU), a legal framework for approving biosimilars was established back in 2003. This framework allows for biosimilars to be approved using an abbreviated pathway centrally via the European Medicines Agency (EMA) [1].