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    US Supreme Court to Consider Biosimilar Patent Process Next Week

    The highest court in the US next Wednesday will take up a fight over the so-called biosimilar "patent dance" and whether biosimilar companies have to notify reference product sponsors of the impending marketing of a new product, likely leading to a decision with ramifications for all subsequent biosimilars approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The case, which will be decided by July, may set a precedent not only on whether the patent dance is neces...
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    Strategies Adopted by Innovator Companies in Response to Biosimilars Competition

    This article examines key strategies being adopted by the innovator companies and discusses the impact these strategies are likely to have on the future market for biosimilars. Introduction Over the last 25 years, biologic medicines have transformed how several chronic and life-threatening diseases are treated. Because of the great value of these innovative biologic medicines and the capital required to bring them to market, they are able to command high prices. For e...
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    FDA’s Draft Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance: Stakeholders Seek More Clarity

    As comments on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on biosimilar interchangeability begin to trickle in, stakeholders seem optimistic and appreciative of the agency’s draft though some suggest tweaks to FDA's recommendations for switching studies. Background In January, FDA released its draft guidance on biosimilar interchangeability for consultation, noting that there is "no single data package that will work for all proposed interchangeable pr...
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    Are Biosimilars 'Interchangeable' in the EU? A New Perspective

    The EU’s take on the class of medicines known as biosimilars is a slight variation of what is seen in the US, where there are two distinct types: Follow-on biologics that are biosimilar, or "expected to produce the same clinical result as the reference product," and ones that are "interchangeable," or able to be switched with their reference product. Arguments over interchangeability in the US (from whether pharmacists should be allowed to switch a biologic for its...
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    FDA Transparency: Agency’s Hands Tied by its own Regulations

    Ask a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official how many biosimilar applications are actually under review, or the details of a recent Complete Response Letter (CRL), and he or she will explain how the agency cannot offer any more details than what is already publicly known, even if what has been made public is not aligned with reality. And in some areas, like with CRLs, which are letters sent by FDA when medical product applications cannot be approved, research fr...
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    EU Industry Groups Urge Caution on Biosimilar Switching

    Three EU biopharmaceutical industry groups are offering key considerations to physicians when switching from a biologic reference product to its biosimilar or from one biosimilar of a reference product to another, according to a new position paper released on Thursday. While noting a lack of regulatory requirements for individually approved biosimilars to the same reference product to be compared with each other, the trio note: “Switching between biosimilars represents ...
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    Biosimilars Council Urges Supreme Court to Reject Additional Six Months Exclusivity for Biologics

    In an amicus brief filed on Friday, the Biosimilars Council, a division of the newly rebranded Association for Accessible Medicines (previously the Generic Pharmaceutical Association), argues that the US Supreme Court should not give biologic manufacturers an additional six months of market exclusivity beyond the “already-generous twelve years” granted. The 49-page brief comes as the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on 26 April over a dispute between Novartis’ ...
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    Genentech Files Complaint Over Amgen’s Development of Avastin Biosimilar

    Roche’s Genentech filed a complaint in Delaware District Court last week charging that Amgen, which is developing a biosimilar version of Genentech’s blockbuster cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab), has obstructed its ability to determine whether the manufacture and/or sale of Amgen’s biosimilar would infringe Genentech’s patents. According to the complaint , Amgen has opted into the information exchange procedures under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovatio...
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    FDA Explains Why Newly Approved Biologic’s Name Lacks a Suffix

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new biologic this week, but its name did not adhere to recently finalized guidance calling for all new and previously approved biologics and biosimilars to have a four-letter random suffix attached to their nonproprietary names. “This week’s biologic, [ Valeant Pharmaceuticals ’] Siliq (brodalumab) was licensed under section 351(a) of the Public Health Service Act , and thus is within the scope of our recently ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: House of Lords Backs Change to Drug Pricing Bill to Appease Pharma Industry (16 February 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Biosimilar Trade Group Pressures Ireland to Boost Access Ahead of Policy Shift Medicines for Europe has called on Ireland to adopt policies that increase uptake of biosimilars in the country. The lobbying effort comes in the run up to publication of a government consultation document on the legal actions Ireland needs to take to encourage greater use of biosimilars. B...
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    AbbVie, Novartis Criticize FDA’s Guidance on Nonproprietary Names for Biologics and Biosimilars

    Biopharmaceutical companies Novartis and AbbVie are taking issue with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) burdensome plan to require retroactive changes to the nonproprietary names of existing biologics and biosimilars, according to comments sent to the agency this week. “Retroactive application of the naming policy not only is unnecessary ‘for the proper performance of the functions of the agency,’ but it also is likely to undermine FDA’s objectives in adopting ...
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    European Commission Offers New Q&A on Biosimilars

    The European Commission on Monday unveiled a new question and answer document for those looking to better understand biosimilars. Similar to the Focus  explainer on biosimilars , the 9-page EC explainer, available in seven languages, offers a quick 10,000-foot view of the biosimilars landscape, answering questions that patients might have on what a biologic is, what a biosimilar is, how biosimilars compare to generics, what types of studies biosimilars must undergo pri...