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Humira® Update: Big Guns Take Aim at Top-Selling Biologic

AbbVie Inc.’s Humira® (adalimumab) was the top selling drug in 2015. Unsurprisingly, it is the focus of biosimilar applicants and patent challengers aiming to get into the market. We provide this update on three events...more

Amgen v. Hospira: Amgen’s Appeal to the Fed. Cir. Will Proceed on the Merits

As we reported, in a litigation regarding Hospira’s planned biosimilar for Amgen’s epoetin alfa, sold under the brand names Epogen and Procrit, in May, 2016, the District Court (D.Del., J. Andrews) denied Amgen’s motion to...more

AbbVie Sues Amgen On 10 Of 100 Humira Patents

On August 4, 2016, Abbvie Inc. filed a complaint against Amgen, Inc. under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), asserting that Amgen’s application for approval of a biosimilar version of HUMIRA®...more

EMA Accepts Mylan and Biocon’s Application for Authorization to Market a Pegfilgrastim Biosimilar

Mylan N.V. and Biocon Ltd. recently announced that the European Medicines Agency has accepted Mylan’s Marketing Authorization Application for a proposed biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim). In Europe,...more

Judge Dismisses Amgen’s BPCIA Declaratory Judgment Action Against Sandoz

Judge Chesler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has dismissed one of Amgen’s pending lawsuits against Sandoz under the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act...more

Amgen’s Neulasta Declaratory Judgment Action Dismissed in District of New Jersey

On July 22, 2016, the District Court for the District of New Jersey granted Sandoz’s motion to dismiss Amgen’s declaratory judgment action related to Sandoz’s biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim). As...more

Courts Answer Key Questions Over the Reach of the BPCIA

Since the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) was signed into law in 2010, only a small handful of abbreviated Biologics Licensing Applications (“aBLAs”) have been filed and of those the FDA has...more

Biosimilars Development Updates

We previously reported on collaborations between Amgen and Allergan on oncology-related biosimilars. On July 21, Amgen and Allergan announced results of a Phase III trial for their ABP 980 product, which is being developed...more

Can FDA Implement The BPCIA As The CAFC Suggested?

In Amgen v. Apotex, the Federal Circuit held that under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), “an applicant must provide a reference product sponsor with 180 days’ post-licensure notice before...more

ANDA Update - Volume 2, Number 2

180-Day Notice Period for Biosimilar Approval Is Always Mandatory and Enforceable by Injunction - Amgen Inc., v. Apotex Inc., (Fed. Cir. July 5, 2016) - A year after analyzing the patent dance and notice...more

The Commercial Marketing Provisions of the Biologics Act are Mandatory

In Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., [2016-1308] (July 5, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction against Apotex from entering the market until 180 days after giving Amgen Notice after receiving its FDA license....more

Biosimilar “Patent Dance” Does Not Permit Sidestepping of 180-Day Notice

On July 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) unanimously ruled in Amgen v. Apotex that biosimilar makers must provide brand-name rivals with a 180-day notice only after receipt of...more

FDA Advisory Panels Considering Approvals of Two Biosimilars This Week

An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend approval of Amgen’s ABP501 biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) on July 12, 2016. Likewise, an FDA advisory panel is scheduled to consider approval of Sandoz’s...more

Amgen and Hospira Square Off Over BPCIA Private Right of Action After Amgen v. Apotex Ruling

Amgen and Hospira have fired off dueling letters to the court in their litigation over Amgen’s Epogen biosimilar, debating whether the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009...more

Federal Circuit Holds Again That BPCIA's 180-day Notice Is Mandatory

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's preliminary injunction against proposed biosimilar manufacturer Apotex, holding that Apotex was enjoined from entering the market until Apotex: (1) provides...more

New Guidance on Mandatory Notice in the Biosimilar ‘Patent Dance’

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., No. 16-1308, provides new guidance on the timeline of biosimilar approval and the impact to commercial marketing. The ruling weighed in on a key...more

FDA's Draft Guidance to Help Manufacturers in Labeling Biosimilars

The passage of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) in 2010 paved the way for the introduction of biosimilars in the United States. Biosimilars are large-molecule drugs that are highly similar, but not...more

Federal Circuit Requires 180 Day Notice For All Biosimilars, Even After Patent Dance

In Amgen v. Apotex, the Federal Circuit rejected Apotex’s arguments that the 180-day pre-marketing notice requirement does not apply to biosimilar applicants who participated in the “patent dance” process of the Biologics...more

Hospira to Court: Amgen v. Apotex does not address the specific question raised by Hospira’s Motion to Dismiss in Amgen v. Hospira

The Federal Circuit's July 5, 2016 opinion in Amgen v. Apotex is already being picked up and analyzed in other BPCIA litigation: in Amgen v. Hospira, Hospira has submitted the Federal Circuit’s opinion to the District Court...more

Amgen v. Apotex: Analysis of the Fed. Cir. Opinion

As we posted on July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit has issued its decision in Amgen v. Apotex, affirming the district court’s (S.D. Fla, J. Cohn) order preliminarily enjoining Apotex from launching its biosimilar version of...more

Fed Circuit’s “Amgen v. Apotex” Decision: Clarification of a BPCIA Riddle (Unless, of course, the Supreme Court Steps In)

On July 5, the Federal Circuit issued another important decision regarding the meaning of certain provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). See Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., Fed. Cir. Case No....more

Biosimilars: Supreme Court Calls for Solicitor General’s Views in Amgen v. Sandoz

On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court deferred a decision on the certiorari petitions filed by both parties from the Federal Circuit’s decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, 794 F.3d 1347 (2015), and instead called for the views...more

FDA Announces Advisory Committee Meeting on Sandoz’s Etanercept Biosimilar

We previously reported on Sandoz’s aBLA for a biosimilar of Amgen’s ENBREL (etanercept) and the related BPCIA litigation. The FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee announced this morning that it will hold a public advisory...more

Update in Jannsen v. Celltrion: Parties Stipulate that Celltrion Will Not Sell Infliximab Biosimilar Before September 15, 2016

We previously reported that the FDA approved Celltrion’s Inflectra®, a biosimilar to Janssen’s Remicade® (infliximab) on April 5, 2016. A year prior to the approval, Janssen filed a motion for summary judgment and...more

Analysis of Amgen’s complaint against Sandoz in pegfilgrastim litigation

As we reported earlier, Amgen recently filed suit under the BPCIA against Sandoz and Lek Pharmaceuticals in the Northern District of California. Amgen alleges that Sandoz’s submission of an aBLA for its pegfilgrastim product...more

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