Generics applications under review by EMA – July 2021

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Generic medicines in Europe can be approved either centrally via the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or nationally via the local regulatory body [1]. Approval by EMA takes place by using a centralized procedure. This leads to approval of the product in all 28 European Union (EU) Member States and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. At a country level, if approval in a single EU Member State only is required, this can take place using the national procedure. However, as soon as a company seeks approval in two or more Member States, a decentralized procedure or mutual recognition procedure must be used [2].

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According to EMA’s list of applications for new human medicines under evaluation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) released on 9 July 2021, the agency is currently reviewing 26 applications for marketing approval in the EU for generics.

The applications include five for anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) medicines (dasatinib, doxorubicin and imatinib); two for endocrine therapy leuprorelin; one for psycholeptic risperidone; one for anti-thrombic medicine rivaroxaban and one for multiple myeloma treatment thalidomide. There are already generics of these drugs approved by EMA for all EU countries, see Table 1.

Table 1: Generics under review by EMA*
Common name Therapeutic area Number of applications EMA-approved originator(s) Originator company(ies)
Amifampridine Potassium channel blocker (LEMS) 1 Firdapse (previously Zenas) SERB
Betaine Alimentary tract and metabolism (homocystinuria) 1 Cystadane Recordati Rare Diseases
Dabigatran Anti-thrombotic medicine 1 Pradaxa Boehringer Ingelheim
Dasatinib Anti-neoplastic medicine (anti-cancer) 2 Sprycel Bristol-Myers Squibb
Dimethyl fumarate Immunosuppressant (multiple sclerosis) 2 Tecfidera Biogen
Doxorubicin Anti-neoplastic medicine (anti-cancer) 2 Caelyx/Myocet Janssen-Cilag/ Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Ertapenem Antibacterial 1 Invanz Merck Sharp and Dohme
Ganirelix Pituitary and hypothalamic hormones and analogues 1 Orgalutran Organon
Imatinib Anti-neoplastic medicine (anti-cancer) 1 Glivec Novartis
Leuprorelin Endocrine therapy 1
Metformin/ sitagliptin Diabetes 2 Efficib/Janumet/
Merck Sharp and Dohme
Pirfenidone Immunosuppressant (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) 1 Esbriet Roche
Risperidone Psycholeptic 1
Rivaroxaban Anti-thrombotic medicine 1 Xarelto Bayer
Sapropterin Metabolism products (HPA) 1 Kuvan BioMarin International
Sildenafil Urological 1





Sitagliptin Diabetes 2 Januvia/Ristaben/ Tesavel/Xelevia Merck Sharp and Dohme
Sugammadex Therapeutic medicine (reversal of anaesthesia) 2 Bridion Merck Sharp and Dohme
Thalidomide Immunosuppressant (multiple myeloma) 1 - -
Vildagliptin/ metformin Diabetes 1 Eucreas/Icandra/
Total   26    
*Data collected on 23 July 2021.
HPA: hyperphenylalaninemia; LEMS: Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
Source: EMA.

First-time pan-European generics under review by EMA include one for a generic version of Firdapse (amifampridine) for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome; one for a generic version of Cystadane (betaine) for the treatment of Homocystinuria (a rare inherited disorder of the amino acid methionine); one for a generic version of anti-coagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran); two for generic versions of multiple sclerosis treatment Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate); one for a generic version of antibacterial Invanz (ertapenem); one for a generic version of hormone treatment Orgalutran (ganirelix); one for a generic version of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis treatment Esbriet (pirfenidone); one for a generic version of hyperphenylalaninemia treatment Kuvan (sapropterin); one for generic version of urological drug Viagra/Revatio (sildenafil); one for a generic version of anaesthesia reversal medicine Bridion (sugammadex) and five for generic versions of diabetes medicines (sitagliptin, metformin/ sitagliptin and vildagliptin/ metformin).

Since the last report entitled Generics applications under review by EMA – January 2021 by GaBI Online, EMA has approved one generic version of endocrine therapy abiraterone; one generic version of psycholeptic aripiprazole; one generic version of corticosteroid dexamethasone for the treatment of COVID-19 patients; one generic version of icatibant for the treatment of hereditary angioedema (a disorder that causes severe swelling); one for a diagnostic medicine ioflupane (123I); one generic of immunosuppressant fingolimod; and one for anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) medicine thiotepa.

Generics of anticancer medications abiraterone and thiotepa were approved by the EMA’s CHMP in January and February 2021 [1].

The EMA’s CHMP also recommended approval of abiraterone and ioflupane (123I) generics at its April 2021 meeting [2].

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1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. EU guidelines for generics []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jul 23]. Available from: 
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Registration procedures for generic drugs in the EU []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jul 23]. Available from: 

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