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Herzuma gains Japanese approval for three-week cycle method

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced at the end of August 2019 that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) had approved a three-week cycle method for its trastuzumab biosimilar, Herzuma (CT P6), in the treatment of breast cancer.

Revance Therapeutics focus on its own Botox biosimilar as work with Mylan is stalled

As Revance gives Mylan more time to decide whether to develop their joint Botox biosimilar, the firm is continuing to focus on its own Botox biosimilar, DAXI. It aims to launch the product in 2020.

Mylan launches adalimumab biosimilar Hulio in Spain

US-based drugmaker Mylan announced on 9 July 2019 the launch of its adalimumab biosimilar, Hulio, in Spain; the company’s first biosimilar in the country.

Heparin biosimilar to be marketed in Canada

Canadian pharmaceuticals firm Valeo Pharma Inc has been given the rights to market a biosimilar version of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), which is used to prevent blood clots in a range of conditions.

Trastuzumab biosimilar to be distributed by Mundipharma

Singapore-based Prestige BioPharma’s (Prestige) trastuzumab biosimilar Tuznue (HD201) will be distributed in selected European markets exclusively by UK-based Mundipharma International (Mundipharma) and its independent associated companies. Tuznue is a biosimilar of Roche’s Herceptin (trastuzumab) which is used to treat patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer, HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma.

Mylan launches first trastuzumab biosimilar in Australia

Global generics firm Mylan NV (Mylan) and collaborating Indian pharmaceuticals giant Biocon Ltd (Biocon) have announced the launch of the first trastuzumab biosimilar in Australia. The drug can be used to treat breast and stomach cancers and will be marketed as Ogivri.

Samsung Bioepis starts phase III trial for eculizumab copy biological

Korea-based Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) is carrying out a phase III clinical trial for a copy biological of Soliris (eculizumab), made by Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Alexion).

Korean firms to launch biosimilars in Japan despite trade tensions

Despite increasing trade tensions between Japan and Korea, two Korean firms have confirmed that they intend to move ahead with the launch of their darbepoetin alfa biosimilars in Japan in the second half of 2019.

FDA approves adalimumab biosimilar Hadlima

Korea-based biosimilars maker Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) announced on 24 July 2019 that it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its adalimumab biosimilar (SB5).

EMA accepts first application for Chinese-made biosimilar HLX02

China-based Shanghai Henlius Biotech (Henlius) announced on 21 June 2019 that the regulatory submission for its proposed trastuzumab biosimilar (HLX02) had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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