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    WHO Will Hold Off on Using Biological Qualifiers for Biosimilars

    No consensus has been reached on whether the World Health Organization (WHO) should continue with its biological qualifier proposal in assigning international nonproprietary names for biosimilars, and WHO says it "will not be proceeding with this at present," according to an October report. The US Biosimilars Council praised the WHO move , which follows the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) use of a system in which biosimilar nonproprietary names come with a f...
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    Abbvie, Amgen Deal on Humira Biosimilars Likely to Cost CMS More Than $1B

    Late last week, Amgen and AbbVie settled litigation over when competition for the world’s best-selling biologic Humira (adalimumab) will hit the market, and for the US, the settlement decided on 31 January 2023, while the EU will see competition 16 October 2018. The deal between the two companies means that AbbVie’s Humira, which was first approved by FDA in 2002 and accumulated sales of more than $130 billion in its first 15 years on the market, will be on the U...
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    FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Statistical Approaches to Evaluating Similarity for Biosimilars

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released another piece of the biosimilars puzzle for industry, offering new draft guidance on the type of information a sponsor should obtain about the structural/physicochemical and functional attributes of the reference product, how that information is used in the development of an analytical similarity assessment plan and the statistical approaches recommended for evaluating analytical similarity. The 15-pag...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Medtech Industry Pressures Brexit Negotiators to Maintain UK-EU Relationship (21 September 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Medtech Industry Pressures Brexit Negotiators to Maintain Existing UK-EU Relationship Leaders from three medical device trade groups have called for the UK to retain close ties to the EU after Brexit. The letter asks negotiators on both sides of the Brexit process to keep the UK in the CE-marking regime and for its national regulatory agency to formally take part in...
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    France Reimbursement Profile

    This profile summarizes the reimbursement process, presents key stakeholders in France and highlights complexities to be considered early in the development process. Introduction Obtaining regulatory approval for medicines is the first major hurdle of most pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to launch their products worldwide. However, obtaining market access once products are approved by regulatory agencies, such as Haute Autorité de la Santé (HAS), is...
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    England Reimbursement Profile

    This profile summarizes the reimbursement process in England, presents key stakeholders and highlights what should be considered early in the development process. Obtaining regulatory approval for medicines is the first major hurdle for most pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to launch their products worldwide. However, obtaining market access once products are approved by regulatory agencies (e.g., MHRA) is a separate and crucial process without which ...
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    Italy Reimbursement Profile

    This profile summarizes the reimbursement process in Italy, presents key stakeholders and highlights what should be considered early in the development process. Obtaining regulatory approval for medicines is the first major hurdle of most pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to launch their products worldwide. However, obtaining market access once products are approved by regulatory agencies (e.g., AIFA) is a separate and crucial process without which pat...
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    FDA Approves First Biosimilar Cancer Treatment

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved Amgen’s biosimilar to Roche’s cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab). Amgen’s biosimilar was approved under the brand name Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb). FDA’s approval of Mvasi follows an advisory committee’s unanimous backing of the treatment and is based on review of evidence that included extensive structural and functional characterization, animal study data, human pharmacokinetic and...
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    WHO to Launch Pilot to Prequalify Biosimilars

    The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that in October it will launch a pilot project for prequalifying biosimilars as part of its work to make some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries. The first "Expression of Interest," according to WHO, will cover both rituximab (Roche’s Rituxan) and trastuzumab (Roche’s Herceptin), and will be published in October 2017. In Europe, there are five ...
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    Drug Reimbursement in Canada

    This article provides a high-level overview of the elements of prescription drug reimbursement in Canada and discusses the costs, processes and reimbursement plans associated with a number of federal health agencies and payers and describes some of the variety of drug plans in place. The Regulatory–Reimbursement Interface Community (out-patient) drug reimbursement is usually considered after a drug has received regulatory approval from Health Canada. Regulatory proces...
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    Medical Technology: Connecting Reimbursement and Regulatory for US Medical Devices

    This article discusses some basic US reimbursement concepts in the context of the regulatory function and the interplay of the two within the broader business strategy. Introduction Bringing new and innovative medical technologies to the US market has numerous challenges, including market identification, product development, regulatory and quality requirements, and demonstrating both clinical and economic effectiveness. In recent years, adequate reimbursement has beco...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: New Pressure to Reverse Brexit Regulatory Split (13 July 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Drug Supply Fears Prompt Politicians to Pressure PM to Reverse Brexit Regulatory Split Politicians have begun pressuring United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May to reverse her decision to leave the European nuclear energy regulator. Interest in the UK’s planned exit from Euratom surged after newspapers published long-standing fears about the effect of the split on the...