Health economic challenges for biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 26/11/2010

Biopharmaceuticals represent a fast-growing segment of the pharmaceutical market, making up one third of products in the development pipeline and accounting for 9% of pharmaceutical expenditure [1]. Whereas the first generation of biopharmaceuticals tended to consist of first-in-class products addressing unmet clinical needs in small populations, e.g. bevacizumab for metastatic colorectal cancer, the current wave of products targets larger populations, e.g. insulins for type 2 diabetes mellitus [2].

Biosimilars’ hurdles in the US

Biosimilars/General | Posted 19/11/2010

Europe serves as a model for other countries looking to define their own regulatory approval criteria. However the opposing interests of biosimilar and innovative companies is resulting in delays to the development of biosimilars in the US.

The hurdles to biosimilars in Europe

Biosimilars/General | Posted 19/11/2010

The stage is set for the entrance of biosimilars into the healthcare market. Patents are near expiry on the first biopharmaceuticals and the global biosimilars market is predicted to be worth more than Euros 1.5 billion by 2015. However, development costs will be high, unlike with generic drugs, the time taken to develop biosimilars is long, and acceptance on the market is not guaranteed.

Biosimilar EPOs show the same or better quality

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 12/11/2010

Researchers have found biosimilar erythropoietin (EPO) products have the same or even better quality compared with the original branded products.

Hurdles to biosimilars in Asia

Biosimilars/General | Posted 12/11/2010

Now that a clear regulatory pathway for marketing biosimilars has been established in Europe, will Asian companies enter the global biosimilars race? Asian manufacturers face the same obstacles as western-based drugs companies, but local factors add a further twist to the tale.

Pfizer and India-based Biocon make biosimilar insulin deal

Biosimilars/News | Posted 08/11/2010

Biocon, India’s largest biotechnology company by revenue and Pfizerthe world’s biggest pharma companyannounced on 18 October 2010 that they have entered into a strategic global agreement for the worldwide commercialisation of Biocon's biosimilar versions of insulin and insulin analogs (recombinant human insulin, glargine, aspart and lispro).

Hurdles to entering the biosimilars’ market

Biosimilars/General | Posted 08/11/2010

Yet more hurdles to entering the biosimilars’ market have been identified in a Reuters’ report. High development costs, complex manufacturing and legal hurdles are holding back generic drugmakers seeking to copy high cost biotech medications nearing the end of their patents.

FDA holds public hearing on biosimilars pathway

Biosimilars/News | Posted 29/10/2010

The FDA has taken further steps towards implementing guidelines on the approval pathway for biosimilars in the US by holding a public meeting on the matter.

Delays in FDA approval of biosimilar G-CSF (filgrastim)

Biosimilars/News | Posted 20/10/2010

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced on 30 September 2010 that the FDA has requested additional information for the Biologic License Application (BLA) for Neutroval (filgrastim), its biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neupogen (granulocyte colony-stimulating factor [G-CSF]). This action by the FDA will effectively delay any launch of the company’s first generic biotech drug in the US.

Australia approves first biosimilar filgrastim

Biosimilars/News | Posted 08/10/2010

On 26 September 2010 US-based generics manufacturer Hospira announced that it had received approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia's regulatory agency for medical drugs and devices) for its biosimilar filgrastim product, Nivestim.