Policies & Legislation

A new dawn for China’s patent law

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 16/07/2021

China has made changes to its patent law which were enacted on 1 June 2021. The revisions mean China’s new patent law system resembles the US Hatch-Waxman approach and include a patent linkage system and patent term extensions.

Affordable Care Act to stand in USA

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 09/07/2021

On 17 June 2021, the US Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare. This ensures the current pathway for biosimilars to reach the US market will be maintained which will provide access to cheaper versions of expensive biological therapies.

Proposals for the commercialisation of generics move forward in Chile

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 02/07/2021

The project known as the Medicines Law 2, led by a Joint Commission, seeks to settle discrepancies between senators and deputies regarding the sale of bioequivalent and generic medicines in Chile. The project, which is in its third stage, amends the Health Code to regulate generic drugs in order to prevent the vertical integration of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies.  In this way, it seeks to solve some pending issues left by the current drug legislation.

President Biden signs ‘Advancing Education on Biosimilars Act’

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 04/06/2021

US President Joe Biden has signed the Advancing Education on Biosimilars Act of 2021, authorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to educate patients and healthcare providers about the benefits of biosimilars. This follows the reintroduction of the Bolstering Innovative Option to Save Immediately on Medicines Act  (BIOSIM Act), which will increase reimbursement for biosimilar drugs.

Teva under scrutiny in EU pay-for-delay investigation

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 31/05/2021

In March 2021, the European Commission opened a formal investigation into alleged anti-competitive – ‘pay-for-delay’ – conduct, by the Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva). 

EU and Brazil health authorities enter partnership

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 21/05/2021

Health regulatory authorities in the European Union (EU) and Brazil entered a partnership to ensure mutual recognition and regulatory harmonization to improve human and animal health.

Bills increase access to affordable drugs in the US and the Philippines

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 14/05/2021

In the opening months of 2021, a bill was proposed to make more biosimilars accessible to a greater proportion of the US state of Minnesota’s residents. In addition, a bill was passed in Wisconsin that will give pharmacists the ability to recommend cheaper drug options. And, in the Philippines, a bill has been filed to encourage the use of biosimilar drug products. 

EU Court of Justice upholds Lundbeck fines over pay-for-delay

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 07/05/2021

On 25 April 2021, Danish drug company Lundbeck and four generic drugmakers lost their appeal against European Union antitrust fines of Euros 146 million (US$172 million), imposed in 2013.

Colorado to import drugs from Canada and beyond

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 30/04/2021

In 2019, a law was passed in the US state of Colorado to allow the import of prescription drugs from Canada. A bill to expand drug imports, and include those from additional nations, cleared at House committee on 7 April 2021. This hopes to see imports from additional countries like Australia, France and Japan.

Federal Court maintains decision on infliximab patent validity

Home/Policies & Legislation | Posted 23/04/2021

On 21 January 2021 and following appeal, the US Federal Court again found that the patent held by The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research regarding the use of infliximab (Janssen’s Renicade) is valid and infringed by Hospira’s biosimilar, Inflectra.