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    US Supreme Court to Review Biosimilar ‘Patent Dance’

    The US Supreme Court on Friday said that it will review whether biosimilar companies should have to wait six months after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval before launching their follow-on products. The decision will not only have an impact on how biosimilar developer Sandoz and biologics company Amgen move forward in their interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) but on the US biosimilar industry as a whole. T...
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    Non-Proprietary Naming of Biologics and Biosimilars: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    In a departure from the way the WHO and Europe name biologics, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized long-awaited guidance on how biosimilars and their biologic reference products’ names should include a four-letter, FDA-designated meaningless suffix attached at the end of the nonproprietary name. The decision to finalize this guidance follows not only several tweaks (including one that has companies submit 10 suffixes to FDA for consideratio...
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    EMA to Launch Tailored Biosimilar Scientific Advice Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced that it will launch a tailored scientific advice pilot project in February 2017 to support the development of new biosimilars. The tailored procedure will advise developers on the studies they should conduct, based on a review of the quality, analytical and functional data they already have available (standard  scientific advice  does not include the assessment of existing data). EMA plans to run the pilot until ...
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    US Solicitor General Calls on Supreme Court to Review Six-Month Delays to Biosimilar Launches

    With the timing of all future US launches of biosimilars at stake, the US Solicitor General has called on the Supreme Court to review whether biosimilar companies should have to wait six months after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval before launching their follow-on products. “The proper interpretation of those provisions has a significant impact on the operation of the BPCIA [ Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 ] and the ability of aBLA...
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    BsUFA II: What’s Coming for Biosimilar Sponsors from FY 2018 Through FY 2022

    A host of biosimilar experts, industry representatives and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials convened on Thursday to discuss the second iteration of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA II) and iron out the specifics of how the program needs to adapt over the next five years as the number of biosimilar applications continues to increase. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf opened the public hearing with comments on how the agency is still trying to find the righ...
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    FDA Approves First Humira Biosimilar

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it had approved Amgen's Amjevita (adalimumab-atto), the first biosimilar version of AbbVie's best-selling biologic Humira (adalimumab). In July, FDA's Arthritis Advisory Committee voted unanimously to support the approval. Despite the approval, FDA did not clear Amgen's biosimilar for all 10 of Humira's indications. According to FDA, both drugs share the following six indications: moderately to severely a...
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    FDA May Push Back Release of Biosimilar Interchangeability Draft Guidance

    Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to say publicly that draft guidance on how an interchangeable biosimilar will be defined should come out by the end of 2016, the user fee reauthorization commitment letter released this week says the draft will publish sometime before 31 December 2017. The letter, which contains the performance goals and procedures for the Biosimilar Biological Product User Fee Act (BsUFA) reauthorization for fiscal years 2...
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    FDA to Hold One Advisory Committee for Each Initial Biosimilar

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday clarified that it plans to hold only one advisory committee meeting for each of the first new biosimilars for a reference product, though it may hold more if there are particular issues or concerns with a specific biosimilar application. Marjorie Shapiro, chief of the laboratory of molecular and developmental immunology at FDA, told attendees at the annual PDA/FDA conference in Washington, DC, that the first biosimi...
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    Woodcock on Biosimilars: Earning the Trust of Prescribers and Patients is Key

    Similar to earning the public’s trust and confidence on generic drugs more than 20 years ago, the biosimilar industry needs to work to establish the same pattern of trust and confidence now, Janet Woodcock, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told attendees at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s (GPhA) biosimilar conference in Bethesda, MD, on Wednesday. Bluntly put, Woodcock said biosimilar and other indu...
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    Pharmaceutical Regulators Propose Principles for Indication Extrapolation for Biosimilars

    The International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum’s (IPRF) Biosimilars Working Group (BWG) on Tuesday released a reflection paper outlining principles that regulators around the world can use for extrapolating indication(s) during the authorization process for new biosimilars. Background The IPRF was created as a safe harbor for discussion and promotion of harmonization among regulatory authorities and Regional Harmonization Initiatives (RHIs), including 11 regula...
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    FDA Approves Third Biosimilar in US, First for Amgen's Blockbuster Enbrel

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved Sandoz’s biosimilar to Amgen’s blockbuster Enbrel, which will be known as Erelzi (etanercept-szzs) for all indications included in the reference product’s label. Erelzi is the second biosimilar approved via the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act in the US from Sandoz (the first was for Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), which is biosimilar to Amgen's Neupogen). The approval of Erelzi follows a unani...
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    Drugmakers Split on Whether to Include Interchangeability Statement in Biosimilar Labels

    Drug, biologic and biosimilar companies’ comments on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on biosimilar labeling reveals a major split between those who do and do not want a statement on a biosimilar’s interchangeability status on each new product's label. The comments come as FDA has still yet to release its guidance on what interchangeability means, and as FDA has not found any biosimilar to be interchangeable with its reference product. However, th...