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Hurdles for Neulasta Biosimilars

A number of biosimilar makers have tried to obtain approval for proposed biosimilar versions of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a long-acting version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim), but have encountered hurdles so far...more

[Webinar] Biologics and Biosimilars: Development with an Eye Towards FDA Approval - February 17th, 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

In January 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a highly anticipated draft guidance detailing the agency’s expectations for demonstrating biosimilar interchangeability with a reference product and final...more

FDA Final Guidance on Nonproprietary Names of Biological Products

In January, 2017, the FDA released a final guidance document outlining its rules for giving nonproprietary names to biological products. The issue has been controversial, since unlike with a generic version of a traditional...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz, 794. F.3d 1347 (Fed. Cir. 2015) and Sandoz v. Amgen, 773 F.3d 1274 (Fed. Cir. 2014), appealed from the Federal Circuit. The petitions involve the...more

22 Novel Drugs Approved by FDA in 2016

Every year, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approves new medications. Some medications are variations of existing products, such as generic formulations or new dosage forms of previously-approved...more

A "cure" for combination products: 21st Century Cures Act mandates greater transparency of combination product designations

The 21st Century Cures Act ushers in significant changes to the regulatory review of drug/biologic/device combination products. The regulation of combination products has been somewhat unpredictable and muddled over the last...more

Current good manufacturing practice requirements for combination products

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final guidance document entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Combination Products.”[1] This guidance describes and explains...more

Trump Withdraws From the TPP

As previously posted, President Trump has stated that he planned to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a proposed trade agreement between several pacific countries...more

Biosimilars: What to Expect in 2017

2016 was a record year for the development of biologics in the United States. Below, we summarize a few key biosimilar developments to keep an eye on in 2017. SCOTUS Review of Amgen v. Sandoz - In 2016, Amgen,...more

How Will Trump Change The FDA?

President-elect Trump’s plans for his first 100 days in office include “cutting the red tape at the FDA” and “speed[ing] the approval of life-saving medications.” Here, we consider specific steps Trump could take–without or...more

In The Midnight Hour: FDA Issues 2 Draft Guidances and a First Amendment Memorandum on the Cusp of a New Administration

Over the past few days, FDA issued three documents related to the scope of permissible communications by drug and device companies to various parties. We believe FDA aimed to accomplish two things through these documents....more

Biosimilars: Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz (Nos. 15-1039 & 15-1195). The Supreme Court originally deferred its decision on the parties’ certiorari petitions in order to consider the...more

UK MHRA to develop quality standards for biological medicines

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published a draft strategy for developing pharmacopoeial public quality standards for biological medicines....more

Alert: FDA Maintains Assigned Unique Suffixes in Generic Names for Biologics

On January 12, 2017, the FDA issued its final guidance on generic naming for biological products submitted pursuant to 351(a) or (k) of the Public Health Service Act. The guidance is titled Nonproprietary Naming for...more

FDA Issues Guidance Regarding Interchangeability of Biosimilar and Biologic Drugs

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its latest Guidance for Industry relating to the biosimilar application process set forth in the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BCPCIA). This...more

Supreme Court to Consider Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Supreme Court granted the appellant’s petition and the respondent’s cross-petition for a writ of certiorari in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. This is the first time the Court will construe the Biologics...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted Sandoz’s petition for certiorari and Amgen’s cross-petition in Amgen v. Sandoz, case nos. 15-1039 and 15-1195. The two cases were consolidated, and an hour was allotted for oral...more

When Time is Money

As the Biologics market is predicted to be a $250 billion market in the next few years, it is not surprising that parties embroiled in biosimilar litigation go to the mat. Both Apotex and Sandoz filed cert petitions this year...more

Biosimilars: Solicitor General Recommends Granting Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

Responding to the Supreme Court’s request for its views, the Solicitor General recently recommended granting certiorari and reversing some of the Federal Circuit’s key holdings in Amgen v. Sandoz (Nos. 15-1039 & 15-1195)....more

Health Canada releases revised guidance on the submission requirements for biosimilar biologic drugs

On December 2, 2016, Health Canada released the revised Guidance Document Information and Submission Requirements for Biosimilar Biologic Drugs. The Guidance is intended to assist biosimilar companies to navigate the...more

Regulatory News Roundup

The following are some noteworthy news stories on the regulatory front: ..The FDA shared best practices for biosimilar development. ..The EMA okayed a combination of insulin glargine and lixisenatide for treatment...more

Basics of the BPCIA

The FDA broadly defines biologics as medical products derived from living sources (human, animal, plant, or microorganism) intended to treat or prevent diseases. Biologics thus include such varied vehicles of medical...more

U.S. Biosimilars Pathway Under Trump

This week’s election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States undoubtedly impacts many sectors of the American economy, and the bio/pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Two of Trump’s stated policies...more

CETA Implementation in Canada - Implications of Bill C-30 on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Bill C-30 presents significant changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical landscape by introducing supplementary protection for pharmaceutical products and proposing substantial modifications to the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

Pfizer to Lower Price of Enbrel in Ireland

The Irish Times reports that Pfizer will be cutting the price of Enbrel® (etanercept) on November 1st. Pfizer is cutting its price to comply with Ireland’s Framework Agreement on the Supply and Pricing of Medicines (the...more

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