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Clinical trials for adalimumab biosimilar BI 695501

The clinical trials, especially those in rheumatoid arthritis, used to support the approval of Boehringer Ingelheim’s BI 695501 (Cyltezo), were critically reviewed by authors from Argentina and the UK [1].

Clinical trials for adalimumab biosimilar ABP 501

The clinical trials used to support the approval of Amgen’s ABP 501 (Amjevita/Amgevita/
Solymbic) were critically reviewed by authors from Argentina and the UK [1].

Clinical trials supporting the approval of adalimumab biosimilars

Authors from Argentina and the UK critically review the evidence from trials of biosimilars in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) [1].

Assessment of biosimilarity for monoclonal antibodies

How therapeutic monoclonal antibody biosimilars are assessed for biosimilarity, was discussed by authors from the National Institute of Health Sciences and the Yokohama University of Pharmacy in Japan. Their review covers the basic concept of biosimilar development as well as pharmacokinetic data obtained via non-clinical and clinical studies of biosimilar therapeutic antibodies [1].

Positive phase III results for Hisun’s adalimumab copy biological

Positive results were reported from a phase III trial of an adalimumab copy biological, HS016, which compared the candidate adalimumab copy biological HS016 with originator adalimumab Humira for the treatment of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) [1].

Cost savings from the use of biosimilars in Canada

Analysis of the potential cost savings from the use of three biosimilars (filgrastim, infliximab and insulin glargine) in Canada shows that over CA$1 billion could have been saved in just a two-year period [1].

PK and PD similarity between pegfilgrastim biosimilar and Neulasta

Hexal AG has published phase I results for its approved pegfilgrastim biosimilar [1-3].

Asian specialists' recommendations for off-patent biologicals in IBD

Gastroenterologists from across Asia have published a list of recommendations for the use of biologicals and off-patent biologicals in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Asia [1].

Arguments against Alberta’s plans to switch patients to biosimilars

In May 2019, the Canadian province of British Columbia introduced a policy of switching rheumatology patients to biosimilars [1]. Now, the province of Alberta is also considering plans to stop coverage of originator biologicals and switch patients to biosimilars for certain indications. The new policy, if introduced, will apply to the approximately 30,000 patients in Alberta living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) [2].

Tackling the challenge of safe automatic substitution of biologicals

The costs of biologicals are challenging the sustainability of pharmacotherapy. Affordable biosimilars are expected to trigger competition within the biologicals market. Increasing real-world experience on biosimilars and clinical switching studies have led to position papers supporting the interchangeability of biosimilars with their reference products under the supervision of the prescriber [1]. However, the uptake of biosimilars has been poor in Finland, since physicians have been reluctant to prescribe biosimilars, especially in the outpatient setting. One option to stimulate the uptake of biosimilars is the automatic substitution of biologicals at the pharmacy level.

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