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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

Catalent Biosimilars Manufacturing Update

Yesterday, Catalent Pharma Solutions announced that it has broken ground for a 22,000 square foot extension of its biologics manufacturing facility in Madison, Wisconsin. According to the press release, following completion...more

FDA Finalizes Rule Governing Establishment Registration and Listing for Human Drugs

On August 31, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration published “Requirements for Foreign and Domestic Establishment Registration and Listing for Human Drugs, Including Drugs That Are Regulated Under a Biologics License...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Determinations

On September 21, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Draft Guidance for Industry: FDA’s Application of Statutory Factors in Determining When a REMS Is Necessary, which is intended to clarify how the FDA...more

Amgen’s Federal Circuit Appeal: the Importance of Manufacturing Information to Biosimilar Litigation

Amgen has filed its appeal brief in Amgen v. Hospira, following the Federal Circuit’s denial of Hospira’s motion to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. The appeal presents an important question for biosimilar...more

CIMZIA Does Not Infringe Yeda’s Monoclonal Antibody Patent

In UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that UCB, Inc.’s Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol), a biologic medicine...more

US Biosimilar Pathway Update

Six years after the biosimilar pathway was enacted into law, FDA has approved three biosimilars for marketing in the US. Sandoz’s Zarxio, a biosimilar of Amgen’s Neupogen, was the first biosimilar to be approved. Zarxio, a...more

FDA Announces Dates for Long-Awaited Public Hearing on Its Regulation of Off-Label Communications

Times, They Are A-Changin’ - On Wednesday, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9th and 10th to obtain input from a broad cross-section of the health care industry, including...more

Enbrel Biosimilar Approved in US But Enjoined For Now

On August 30 FDA approved Sandoz Inc.’s biosimilar of Enbrel (etanercept), Amgen Inc.’s blockbuster biologic for treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other autoimmune conditions. The...more

JHU: Preliminary Evidence Supports Similarity of TNF-alpha Biosimilars To Reference Products

In a study published on August 2nd, a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts conclude that preliminary evidence shows an...more

Coherus Submits 351(K) BLA Application to FDA for Pegfilgrastim Biosimilar

Coherus Biosciences, Inc. announced submission to the FDA of its biologics license application (BLA) for CHS-1701, a pegfilgrastim (Neulasta®) biosimilar candidate. Pegfilgrastim is used to prevent or treat neutropenia, a...more

The PRICED Act Would Expedite Biosimilar Market Entry

Although the 12-year exclusivity period for original biologic products was a heavily negotiated provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), increased spending on biologic drugs has led to calls to...more

USP Says European Market Shows Mandatory USP Standards Would Improve Biosimilar Approval, Acceptance in U.S.

Back in March, 2016, the Senate added language to the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act which would exempt biological products, including biosimilars, from provisions of the FDCA Act that require compliance...more

Congress Proposes Legislative “Fixes” to Drug Industry Rules Believed to Be Contributing to High Costs

We spend a lot of time covering prescription drug costs on this blog, and even convened a Pharmacy Industry Summit earlier this year focusing on the various pressures that are contributing to higher drug prices. Although...more

Congress Jumps on Bandwagon to Reduce Biologic Drug Exclusivity Term

Ever since the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) was passed along with the rest of the healthcare law commonly called "Obamacare" in 2010, the Obama Administration has included in every budget a proposal...more

Legislation Tracker: PRICED Act Proposes to Shorten Biologic Exclusivity Period from 12 to 7 Years

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday proposes “[t]o amend the Public Health Service Act to shorten the exclusivity period for brand name biological products from 12 to 7 years.” Titled the “Price...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

The CREATE Act of 2016: Senate Listens to Generics Industry

Last week, co-sponsors Senators Leahy (D-VT), Grassley (R-IA), Klobucher (D-MN), and Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill (S. 3056), entitled the "Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2016" or the "CREATES...more

FDA Withdraws Previous Notice Seeking Comments on Proposed Biologic Naming Guidance

Earlier this month we reported that FDA had published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comments on a proposed biologic naming guidance whereby applicants for biologic products would submit up to 10 proposed...more

Merck’s Lantus Biosimilar Queued for an FDA Submission?

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced promising results from two Phase III studies evaluating MK-1293 – Merck’s biosimilar to Lantus (insulin glargine). Lantus is used for the treatment of...more

Update on Naming Biosimilars

In August 2015, FDA released a long-awaited draft guidance for the nonproprietary names of biologics and biosimilars. The draft guidance recommends that nonproprietary names for biologic products should consist of the “core”...more

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