Biosimilars/News

FDA approves first tocilizumab biosimilar Tofidence

Biosimilars/News | Posted 17/10/2023

On 29 September 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Tofidence (tocilizumab-bavi) as the first biosimilar to Actemra (tocilizumab). Tofidence is first-of-its-kind biosimilar tocilizumab to receive approval in the US.

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.

FDA approves first natalizumab biosimilar Tyruko for MS

Biosimilars/News | Posted 15/09/2023

On 24 August 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Tyruko (natalizumab-sztn) as the first biosimilar to Tysabri (natalizumab) for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Tyruko is first-of-its-kind biosimilar natalizumab to receive approval in the US.

EMA recommends approval of first natalizumab biosimilar Tyruko for MS

Biosimilars/News | Posted 25/08/2023

On 20 July 2023, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Tyruko (natalizumab), a biosimilar of reference product Tysabri, intended for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

China approves bevacizumab copy biological Ankeda

Biosimilars/News | Posted 31/01/2020

China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), announced on 9 December 2019 that it had approved Ankeda, a bevacizumab copy biological.

EMA recommends approval of first aflibercept and tocilizumab biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 11/08/2023

On 20 July 2023, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Yesafili (aflibercept), an ophthalmology biosimilar, and Tyenne (tocilizumab), an immunosuppressant used largely for treatment of arthritis. 

Coherus: lowest price adalimumab biosimilars announced

Biosimilars/News | Posted 28/07/2023

Coherus BioSciences has announced that it will launch Yusimry, its adalimumab biosimilar, at the lowest price announced to date in the US. 

Celltrion: advances for Yuflyma and Vegzelma biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 20/06/2023

In the first half of 2023, South-Korea based Celltrion Biologics announced the approval of their Yuflyma (adalimumab-aaty) biosimilar in the US, the winning of a bid to supply Italy and Belgium with bevacizumab biosimilar Vegzelma.

Alkem launches first cetuximab similar biologic in India

Biosimilars/News | Posted 13/06/2023

In May 2023, Alkem Oncology announced the launch of Cetuxa, the fist similar biologic of cetuximab used in the treatment of head and neck cancer. The cetuximab originator was developed by Merck and is sold under the brand name Erbitux.