Innovation over imitation: ‘Biobetter’ follow-on biologics

Biosimilars/General | Posted 03/02/2010

In an article by Xencor President and CEO Bassil Dahiyat, published in Pharmaceutical Executive on 4 November 2009, the development of ‘biobetter’ follow-on biologics (FOBs) — optimised versions of pioneer drugs that have improved pharmaceutical properties but carry only minor changes in structure — is discussed.

12 years exclusivity workable for patients; not anticompetitive

Biosimilars/General | Posted 26/01/2010

On Gene Quinn distinguishes facts from fiction about biosimilars.

Is US Congress poised to hinder biosimilars market entry?

Biosimilars/General | Posted 19/01/2010

A proposal by US Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo included in the US House health reform bill, would give developers of innovative biomedical drugs 12 years of data exclusivity from generic competition, significantly extending their patent rights, writes Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik. Ms Eshoo said her proposal would give original makers of biotech drugs adequate profit to discover new treatments without discouraging generic drugmakers from working on follow-on biologics.

US Senate healthcare bill preserves biologicals exclusivity, but charges annual drugmaker fees

Biosimilars/General | Posted 10/12/2009

The recently released US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and will create the transformation within the healthcare system necessary to contain costs.

Will there be unfair delays for the entry of biosimilars?

Biosimilars/General | Posted 15/10/2009

As pointed out by Managing Editor, Ms Maria Fabiana Jorge, in the Editorial of the Journal of Generic Medicines, Volume 6, Issue 4 of August 2009, countries around the world define the future pharmaceutical market, we must learn from the past to avoid making the same mistakes or falling into new ones. Unfortunately, the current system has serious flaws and it seems that we are moving towards creating others in the new one. It is essential that governments, the pharmaceutical industry and civil society throughout the world work closely to strike a better balance between innovation and access in the context of biotechnology medicines.