Biosimilars/News

Rinvoq approved to treat Crohn’s disease in Europe

Biosimilars/News | Posted 27/04/2023

On 17 April 2022, AbbVie announced that its Rinvoq (upadacitinib) had received European Commission (EC) approval. It is the  first and only oral Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved to treat moderately to severely active Crohn's disease in adult patients. Rinvoq has the potential to rival AbbVie’s own blockbuster drug, Humira (adalimumab) and its biosimilars for inflammatory autoimmune conditions [1].

EMA recommends approval of ranibizumab biosimilar Rimmyrah

Biosimilars/News | Posted 12/12/2023

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use announced on 9 November 2023 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for Rimmyrah (ranibizumab), a biosimilar that references ophthalmology drug, Lucentis.

FDA approves Zymfentra and advances for Yuflyma in the US

Biosimilars/News | Posted 05/12/2023

On 23 October 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Celltrion’s Zymfentra (infliximab-dyyb) biosimilar as the first subcutaneous (SC) formulation of infliximab. In addition, Celltrion USA signed a contract with Ventegra to add Yuflyma (adalimumab-aaty) as a preferred formulary product in both public and private insurance markets.

EC approval of natalizumab, aflibercept and tocilizumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 28/11/2023

In September 2023, the European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization for the biosimilars of Tyruko (natalizumab), Yesafili (aflibercept), and Tyenne (tocilizumab).

EMA recommends approval of first ustekinumab biosimilar Uzpruvo

Biosimilars/News | Posted 14/11/2023

On 9 November 2023, the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Uzpruvo (ustekinumab), a biosimilar of reference product Stelara, intended for the treatment plaque psoriasis, including paediatric plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s disease in adults.

FDA approves first interchangeable ustekinumab biosimilar Wezlana

Biosimilars/News | Posted 07/11/2023

On 31 October 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Wezlana (ustekinumab-auub) as a biosimilar to and interchangeable with Stelara (ustekinumab) for multiple inflammatory diseases.

Alvotech biosimilars: FDA ustekinumab application rejection; adalimumab interchangeability designation re-submission

Biosimilars/News | Posted 31/10/2023

In October 2023, Iceland-based biosimilar manufacturer Alvotech, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a complete response letter (CRL) for Alvotech’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for AVT04, a biosimilar candidate to Stelara (ustekinumab). As such, the application was not approved. This follows Alvotech’s September 2023 resubmission of a BLA for their high-concentration biosimilar formulation to AbbVie’s blockbuster arthritis treatment Humira (adalimumab), AVT02 [1], following receipt of a similar CRL.

Japanese approval for first ustekinumab biosimilar

Biosimilars/News | Posted 24/10/2023

Iceland-based biosimilar manufacturer Alvotech announced on 25 September 2023 that its commercialization partner in Japan, Fuji Pharma Co Ltd (Fuji) had received marketing approval from Japan’s medicines regulatory agency, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), for its ustekinumab biosimilar AVT04 in Japan.

FDA grants interchangeable designation to adalimumab biosimilar Abrilada

Biosimilars/News | Posted 10/10/2023

US-based pharma giant Pfizer announced on 5 October 2023 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated Abrilada (adalimumab-afzb) as an interchangeable biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab). The interchangeable designation applies to all approved indications of Abrilada, including certain patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and uveitis. 

EMA recommends approval of trastuzumab biosimilar Herwenda

Biosimilars/News | Posted 03/10/2023

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 15 September 2023 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for the trastuzumab biosimilar Herwenda, 150 mg, for intravenous use.