FDA approves first interchangeable aflibercept biosimilars to treat macular degeneration

Biosimilars/News | Posted 19/06/2024

On 20 May 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Biocon Biologic’s Yesafili (aflibercept-jbvf) and Samsung Bioepis and Biogen's Opuviz (aflibercept-yszy) as the first interchangeable biosimilars to Regeneron and Bayer's Eylea (aflibercept). The Samsung Bioepis product has also been launched in South Korea under brand name, Afilivu.

Canada's path to biosimilar adoption and healthcare accessibility: insights from British Columbia

Biosimilars/General | Posted 19/06/2024

Canada’s British Columbia transitioned to biosimilars in November 2019, achieving significant cost savings reinvested in BC PharmaCare. This initiative has improved drug coverage, expanding access to various medications and medical devices.

FDA approves ustekinumab trastuzumab, and tocilizumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 19/06/2024

In April 2024, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approved Alvotech and Teva’s Selarsdi (ustekinumab-aekn), a biosimilar to Stelara and Shanghai Henlius Biotech’s Herceptin biosimilar, Hercessi (trastuzumab-strf). This comes after the March 2024 news of the approval of Fresenius Kabi’s Tyenne (tocilizumab-aazg), the first tocilizumab biosimilar with an intravenous and subcutaneous formulation.

Update of biosimilars approved by Health Canada in 2023

Biosimilars/News | Posted 12/06/2024

Since November 2023, Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved no fewer than five biosimilars for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), cancer, plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and several serious retinal diseases, such as wet age-related macular degeneration.

EMA recommends approval of biosimilar tocilizumab Tofidence and ustekinumab Wezenla

Biosimilars/News | Posted 05/06/2024

On 25 April 2024, the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted positive opinions for two biosimilar medicines: Tofidence (tocilizumab) and Wezenla (ustekinumab), recommending the granting of marketing authorization. This comes following news that Wezlana reached the market in Canada in early March 2024.

Disruption in the US adalimumab market

Biosimilars/General | Posted 05/06/2024

In April 2024, Evernorth Health Services in the US announced that a biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira ( adalimumab) will be available for US$0 out of pocket for eligible patients of its specialty pharmacy, Accredo. This announcement follows the news that prescriptions for adalimumab biosimilars have spiked to 36% after leading pharmacy benefit manager CVS Caremark removed the branded reference product from its major national commercial formularies in January 2024.

Canada approves three more biosimilars in 2022

Biosimilars/News | Posted 28/05/2024

Since the last update in June 2022, Health Canada has approved three more biosimilars (Myxredlin, Rymti, Elonox) in 2022 [1].

EMA recommends approval of bevacizumab Lytenava

Biosimilars/News | Posted 22/05/2024

On 21 March 2024, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization (MA) for Outlook Therapeutics’ Lytenava (ONS-5010, bevacizumab gamma), intended for treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (nAMD).

Three more biosimilar approvals in Canada in 2023

Biosimilars/News | Posted 14/05/2024

In Canada, three biosimilars were approved in late 2023. These are, Amgen’s Wezlana (ustekinumab), JAMP/Alvotech’s Jamteki (ustekinumab), and Formycon/Polpharma Biologics/Bioeq’s Ranopto (ranibizumab).

EMA recommends approval of first omalizumab biosimilar Omlyclo

Biosimilars/News | Posted 07/05/2024

On 21 March 2024, the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of marketing authorization for Omlyclo (omalizumab), Celltrion's biosimilar of the reference product Xolair.