Trastuzumab emtansine ‘similar biologic’ Ujvira launched in India

Biosimilars/News | Posted 11/06/2021

India-based generics manufacturer Zydus Cadila (Zydus) announced on 24 May 2021 the launch of its trastuzumab emtansine ‘similar biologic’ Ujvira in India. The launch, according to Zydus ‘marks the world’s first biosimilar antibody drug conjugate (ADC) of trastuzumab emtansine’. 

Positive phase III results for tocilizumab biosimilar BAT1806

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 11/06/2021

US biotechnology company Biogen Idec (Biogen) and China-based Bio-Thera announced on 1 June 2021 positive phase III data for their tocilizumab biosimilar, BAT1806. According to the two companies, ‘the comparative study met its primary endpoints and showed equivalent efficacy and comparable safety profile in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis’.

US Supreme Court rejects Enbrel patent challenge from Sandoz

Biosimilars/General | Posted 11/06/2021

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a patent challenge from Sandoz on Amgen’s blockbuster anti-inflammatory, Enbrel (etanercept). This means Sandoz will not be able to launch its etanercept biosimilar, Erelzi (etanercept-szzs), on the US market until 2029. 

Efficacy and safety of Yuflyma vs reference adalimumab in rheumatoid arthritis

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 11/06/2021

Yuflyma (CT-P17) is an adalimumab biosimilar, administered at 100 mg/mL that also has the same citrate-free and high concentration formulation of reference adalimumab. To demonstrate the bioequivalence of CT P17 to reference adalimumab, a randomized, double-blind, active-controlled study in subjects with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was conducted [1]. The study was designed to demonstrate equivalence of efficacy (ACR20* response rate at Week 24) for CT P17 versus reference adalimumab and to evaluate additional efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK), usability and safety over one year.

Positive phase I results for Meiji’s ustekinumab biosimilar

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 04/06/2021

Japan-based Meiji Seika Pharma (Meiji) announced on 21 May 2021 positive phase I results for its candidate ustekinumab biosimilar, DMB-3115.

Clinical trials for aflibercept biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 04/06/2021

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, has announced the start of a phase III clinical trial of its aflibercept (Eylea) biosimilar, a treatment for age-related macular degeneration. Clinical trials for a number of competitive biosimilars are also underway.

Biosimilar pipelines for South Korean firms: Celltrion and Samsung Bioepis

Biosimilars/General | Posted 04/06/2021

Biosimilars are becoming more important around the world and Korean companies, such as Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) and Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture), are fast becoming major players both in Korea but also worldwide.

Review and meta-analysis of biosimilars for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 04/06/2021

Authors from Japan provide a new perspective on biosimilars for management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to provide evidence of efficacy and safety of biosimilars compared with reference biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) (reference bDMARDs) in patients with RA as a part of the process of developing the 2020 update of the Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR) guidelines for the management of RA [1].

On the edge of transition: European biosimilar clinical trial requirements

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 31/05/2021

Recent debates have focused on the clinical trial requirements for biosimilar approval [1-4]. Further, the regulatory approval of biosimilars in the European Union (EU) has been changed, where in some instances and under certain conditions clinical trials to establish comparable efficacy have been excluded [4]. Still, the regulatory recommendation for more complex molecules such as monoclonal antibodies is without exception to conduct clinical comparability trials [4].

Canada approves five adalimumab biosimilars in last six months

Biosimilars/News | Posted 31/05/2021

Since October 2020, Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved no less than five adalimumab biosimilars for the treatment of multiple chronic inflammatory diseases.