Biosimilars/General

Biosimilar patent litigation trends in the US

Biosimilars/General | Posted 05/03/2021

According to authors from Law360 the trend in biosimilar patent litigation cases has been downward, with many cases being resolved and only five cases still pending as of 31 December 2020 [1].

Biosimilar approvals and launches in the US

Biosimilars/General | Posted 26/02/2021

An examination of biosimilar approvals by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compared to launches was carried out by authors from Law360 [1].

Biosimilar approvals and patent litigation in the US

Biosimilars/General | Posted 19/02/2021

Authors from Law360 have examined biosimilar approvals by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act) and ensuing patent litigation actions. They also discuss why the lack of new approvals and litigation in 2020 does not suggest reduced interest in biosimilars but signals a new wave of biosimilars on the horizon [1].

Samsung biosimilars: denosumab clinical trials begin, while rituximab development is halted

Biosimilars/General | Posted 22/01/2021

Korea-based Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) has initiated phase III trials for its denosumab biosimilar, while development on a rituximab biosimilar through subsidiary company Archigen Biotech has been stopped.

Biosimilars applications under review by EMA – January 2021

Biosimilars/General | Posted 15/01/2021

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is the body responsible for approval of biosimilars within the European Union (EU). A legal framework for approving biosimilars was established in 2003. Approval of biosimilars is based on an abbreviated registration process, which allows biosimilars manufacturers to provide a reduced package of information compared to originator drugs, provided they can prove ‘similarity’ to the originator or reference drug.

Biosimilars in Australia – a-flagging and sustainability

Biosimilars/General | Posted 08/01/2021

Australia first introduced guidelines for biosimilars back in August 2008 when it adopted a number of guidelines from the EU on similar biological medicinal products [1].

Biosimilar advances for Samsung Bioepis

Biosimilars/General | Posted 11/12/2020

Korea-based Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) has announced several advances related to its infliximab, denosumab and ranibizumab biosimilars. These announcements come after the company revealed soaring sales figure in Europe.

Genentech sues Centus over Avastin biosimilar

Biosimilars/General | Posted 04/12/2020

Genentech Inc. filed a complaint against Centus in the United States (US) state of Texas on 15 November 2020. It is alleged that Centus’s Equidacent, a biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin (bevacizumab), infringes 10 US patents. 

Biosimilar toolkit for cancer patients

Biosimilars/General | Posted 27/11/2020

The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) has launched a biosimilars e-module, or toolkit [1]. This aims to teach patients about the value of biosimilars. 

Alberta Biosimilars Initiative: switching policy updates in Canada

Biosimilars/General | Posted 20/11/2020

The Alberta government in Canada has announced updates to the Alberta Biosimilars Initiative.