Positive phase III results for tocilizumab biosimilar BAT1806

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 11/06/2021

US biotechnology company Biogen Idec (Biogen) and China-based Bio-Thera announced on 1 June 2021 positive phase III data for their tocilizumab biosimilar, BAT1806. According to the two companies, ‘the comparative study met its primary endpoints and showed equivalent efficacy and comparable safety profile in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis’.

Efficacy and safety of Yuflyma vs reference adalimumab in rheumatoid arthritis

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 11/06/2021

Yuflyma (CT-P17) is an adalimumab biosimilar, administered at 100 mg/mL that also has the same citrate-free and high concentration formulation of reference adalimumab. To demonstrate the bioequivalence of CT P17 to reference adalimumab, a randomized, double-blind, active-controlled study in subjects with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was conducted [1]. The study was designed to demonstrate equivalence of efficacy (ACR20* response rate at Week 24) for CT P17 versus reference adalimumab and to evaluate additional efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK), usability and safety over one year.

Positive phase I results for Meiji’s ustekinumab biosimilar

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 04/06/2021

Japan-based Meiji Seika Pharma (Meiji) announced on 21 May 2021 positive phase I results for its candidate ustekinumab biosimilar, DMB-3115.

Review and meta-analysis of biosimilars for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 04/06/2021

Authors from Japan provide a new perspective on biosimilars for management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to provide evidence of efficacy and safety of biosimilars compared with reference biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) (reference bDMARDs) in patients with RA as a part of the process of developing the 2020 update of the Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR) guidelines for the management of RA [1].

On the edge of transition: European biosimilar clinical trial requirements

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 31/05/2021

Recent debates have focused on the clinical trial requirements for biosimilar approval [1-4]. Further, the regulatory approval of biosimilars in the European Union (EU) has been changed, where in some instances and under certain conditions clinical trials to establish comparable efficacy have been excluded [4]. Still, the regulatory recommendation for more complex molecules such as monoclonal antibodies is without exception to conduct clinical comparability trials [4].

Are regulatory and scientific reporting biosimilar QAs consistent and complimentary?

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 21/05/2021

Questions have been raised regarding the consistency and complementarity of reporting biosimilar quality attributes between regulatory and scientific communities. For the first time, a study published in Biologicals [1] has found that while the reporting of quality attributes (QAs) by these two sources lacks consistency, overall, they do complement one another. 

Role of European patient associations when informing patients about biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 21/05/2021

Biosimilars contribute to more sustainable healthcare systems by generating competition in the off-patent biologicals market. The extent to which the benefits of competition in the marketplace are exploited depends, of course, on their use in clinical practice. One of the factors determining adoption in clinical practice is the acceptance by healthcare providers (HCP) and patients. Often, a lack of acceptance comes down to shortcomings in knowledge and understanding about biosimilars. Educating patients about biosimilars is therefore considered as one of the key elements for a successful market for off-patent biologicals and biosimilars.

Biosimilars for skin conditions safe and effective

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 14/05/2021

Two recently published articles [1, 2] assessing the use of biosimilars for the long-term skin conditions psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa indicate that biosimilar treatments are equally as effective as the originator, demonstrating similar drug retention and clinical response rates, respectively. 

Cost-savings from higher biosimilar uptake and more appropriate use of ESAs

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 14/05/2021

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing public health issue worldwide. In Italy, the prevalence of CKD is 7.5% in men and 6.5% in women [1]. In Italy, the annual direct costs of management for patients on dialysis were estimated to be around €30,000 for peritoneal dialysis and €44,000 for haemodialysis [2]. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have a significant economic burden in CKD as they are widely used to treat CKD-related anaemia; biosimilars can guarantee a 20%–30% saving on ESA purchase costs in CKD patients [3].

Study supports advanced IV preparation and storage of ABP 215

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 07/05/2021

The first approved bevacizumab biosimilar, ABP 215 (Mvasi), can be prepared in bag, over a month prior to being used to treat patients via intravenous (IV) infusion, shows a study published in GaBI Journal [1]. The study reveals that ABP 215 retains physicochemical stability after dilution and storage, which can ease the process of drug administration in clinical settings.