Efficacy and safety of the proposed P043 (Zerafil) vs reference omalizumab in allergic asthma

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 09/07/2024

In June 2024, the results of a phase III clinical trial of P043/Zerafil (omalizumab), a proposed biosimilar of Novartis’ Xolair produced by CinnaGen in Iran, showed no significant difference in efficacy and safety parameters to the originator.

Tocilizumab and pembrolizumab biosimilar advances for Korean firms

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 03/07/2024

In June 2024, Celltrion announced promising results from their Phase III study for CT-P47, a biosimilar candidate of RoActemra (tocilizumab), in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Additionally, the company has submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the phase III clinical trial of CT-P51, its Keytruda (pembrolizumab) biosimilar. This announcement follows the news that in April 2024, rival Korean biologicals company Samsung Bioepis initiated a Phase III clinical trial for SB27, their pembrolizumab biosimilar.

Unveiling key clinical findings for denosumab biosimilar candidates

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 07/05/2024

In April 2024, Henlius Biotech and Organon announced that the phase III comparative clinical trial for their investigational denosumab biosimilar (HLX14) met the primary endpoints. This follows the news released earlier in the year, that Alvotech and Polpharma achieved positive topline results from their pharmacokinetic (PK) studies for their denosumab biosimilar candidate (AVT03). The originator product is Amgen’s Prolia/Xgeva.

Topline results for Polpharma Biologics’ vedolizumab biosimilar candidate

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 16/04/2024

In February 2024, Polpharma Biologics (Polpharma) unveiled topline results demonstrating the pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) comparability of PB016, their biosimilar candidate for vedolizumab, with its reference drug, Entyvio, by Takeda Pharmaceutical.

Comparing biosimilar adoption: Medicare Advantage versus traditional Medicare

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 03/04/2024

Biosimilar products, vital for widening access to essential treatments and reducing healthcare costs, face varied uptake influenced by factors like pricing and healthcare settings. Kozlowski et al.'s study compares adoption rates in Medicare Advantage (MA) and Traditional Medicare (TM), revealing significant differences [1].

Questioning the need for ethnic sensitivity assessments for biosimilar monoclonal antibodies

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 27/03/2024

A GaBIJ perspective article entitled ‘Ethnic sensitivity assessments in biosimilar monoclonal antibodies clinical development programmes: necessary or not?’, was published by a group of authors from Biocon Biologics in August 2023 [1].

ANVISA's role in biosimilar medicine regulation and innovation promotion

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 22/03/2024

The focus of the study by Vilha et al. [1] was to comprehend the role of the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), not only as a regulatory authority but also as a catalyst for technological development and innovation. ANVISA has implemented a significant change in the way health regulations are handled in Brazil.

Infliximab discontinuation in patients with originator retransition vs biosimilar continuation

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 07/03/2024

A study by Meijboom et al. aimed to compare the risk of and reasons for infliximab discontinuation between retransitioned patients and those remaining on biosimilar [1].

Biological therapies for psoriasis: evaluating durability and persistent benefits

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 05/12/2023

A review by Rusiñol et al. emphasized the significant impact of biologicals on psoriasis management. Anti-IL-17 and anti-IL-23 biologicals are regarded as highly effective and long-lasting treatments in real-world scenarios, with IL-23-targeting biologicals showing the best safety profile and potential to modify the natural course of psoriasis.

Switches between biosimilars and their reference products

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 28/11/2023

Biologicals are the fastest-growing class of medications in the United States and account for a substantial and growing portion of healthcare costs. The Biologics Price Competition Act of 2009 created an abbreviated approval pathway for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help provide patients with greater access to safe and effective biological products. As of 1 November 2023, FDA has approved 44 biosimilar products, 7 of which are interchangeable biosimilars. These products can be used to treat many conditions such as chronic skin and bowel diseases, arthritis, kidney conditions, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, and cancer.