Posted 22 May 2012
By Hoss A. Dowlat
This is the first of a two-part series on the pre- and postapproval clinical safety of known EU-approved biosimilar therapeutic protein medicinal products. It compares and contrasts EU experience with the long-awaited, overarching FDA biosimilars guidances. It also anticipates the safety of as-yet-unapproved potential biosimilars, including the recombinant mAbs, insulins, heparins and interferons. Biosimilar medicinal development strategy, perception of general risk, interchangeability, substitution and other aspects of acute or chronic use and first/second line or adjunct therapy are addressed.