Biosimilars

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Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, a biosimilar startup, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Boston-based startup had lost approximately 82% of its value by June of 2016, after an announcement that it would cease working on a...more

Amgen DJ to Compel Patent Dance Dismissed

On July 22, 2016, the Hon. Stanley R. Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed Amgen’s complaint against Sandoz seeking declaratory judgment to enforce the “patent dance” provisions...more

Cipla to Open Biotech Facility in South Africa

Cipla has announced that it is investing 1.3 billion South African Rand (approximately 91 million USD) to open a biotech plant in South Africa. According to Cipla’s press release, this will be South Africa’s first...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

Pennsylvania Enacts Biosimilar Substitution Law

On July 20, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 514, which allows pharmacists to substitute for a brand name biological product a less expensive biosimilar product that has been deemed interchangeable...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

Amgen and Allergan Report Progress in Herceptin® Biosimilar Clinical Trial

In the late 1980's, Dennis Slamon discovered a new oncogene, Her2/neu,that was amplified in 25-33% of human beast cancers. Slamon et al., "Studies of the HER2/neu ProtoOncogene in Human Breast and Ovarian Cancer," Science...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

Federal Circuit Confirms Post-Licensure Notice of Commercial Marketing Is Mandatory in Biosimilar Litigation

On July 5, 2016, a unanimous Federal Circuit panel held that Apotex failed to give Amgen proper notice of commercial marketing required by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA” or “Biologics Act”) and...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - July 2016 #2

WBIP, LLC v. Kohler Co. (No. 2015-1038, -1044, 7/19/16) (Moore, O'Malley, Chen) - Moore, J. Affirming denial of JMOL that patent was invalid as obvious and lacked an adequate written description, affirming finding of...more

Federal Circuit: A Biosimilar Applicant Must Provide Notice of Intent to Market a Biosimilar Product, No Exceptions

On July 5, 2016, in Amgen v. Apotex (No. 2016-1308), the Federal Circuit again held that a biosimilar applicant must provide its biologic competitor with 180 days’ notice of intent to commercially market a biosimilar product....more

Amgen v. Apotex: District Court Decides that the ’138 Patent is Not Invalid on Some Grounds; Enablement is Still an Open Issue

As we previously reported, on July 5, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction enjoining Apotex from launching its biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) until it...more

FDA Issues Complete Response Letter for Sandoz’s Neulasta® Biosimilar

As we’ve previously reported, Sandoz is seeking approval of an aBLA for its proposed biosimilar to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), which is currently the subject of a BPCIA litigation (Civil Action No. 3:16-cv-02581 (N.D. Cal.)) ...more

Busy Week for Biosimilars Worldwide

United States: On July 13, an FDA advisory committee voted to recommend approval of Sandoz’s biosimilar to Enbrel® (etanercept). The recommendation was to approve the biosimilar for all indications for which Enbrel® is...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

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Double Issue — Congress leaves for seven weeks, Congress sends opioid legislation to the President…More co-ops fail…The Supreme Court rules on Texas Abortion Case and Washington state Pharmacists and Religious...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

Missouri Governor Signs Biosimilar Substitution Law

Last month, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law Senate Bill 875, allowing pharmacists filling prescriptions for brand name biological products to substitute a less expensive biosimilar product if the biosimilar has...more

Janssen Seeks Injunction Against Remicade Biosimilar Based On Cell Culture Patent

In a complaint filed June 14, 2016, Janssen Biotech Inc. seeks a preliminary injunction that would bar Celltrion and Hospira from selling the biosimilar version of Remicade® (infliximab) that received FDA approval April 2016,...more

BREAKING NEWS: FDA Denies Citizen Petitions Regarding Biosimilar Labeling

FDA denied citizen’s petitions from Abbvie, the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) trade associations...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

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

No Exception to Statutory Requirement that a Biosimilar Applicant Provide Notice of Intent to Market its Product

Last week in Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., No. 2016-1308 (Fed. Cir. July 5, 2016), a unanimous Federal Circuit panel ruled that under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), a biosimilar applicant...more

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