Drug companies in India's leading industrial state of Gujarat, the base of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are stepping up efforts to crack the domestic market for biosimilars as well as abroad, Business Standard reports.
The cost-effectiveness watchdogs at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have put their money behind biosimilars. Remicade biosimilars, to be exact, in new guidance for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
A move by Australia to be the first country to allow pharmacies in some cases to substitute biosimilars for originator drugs has drawn a rebuke by the U.S.-based Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines, which includes members such as Amgen and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
Novartis' eye drug Lucentis has long had a target on its back from biosimilar makers who would love to get some piece of the $4 billion in annual sales it racks up. Now an Indian drugmaker says it has hit that mark.
Here's something AbbVie doesn't want to hear: Industry watchers expect biosimilars for its top moneymaker Humira to be the most successful copycat biologics launched in the U.S. and Europe.
Amgen is none too eager for Novartis to roll out its newly FDA-approved biosimilar version of its blockbuster Neupogen, and for now, it's getting its way: A U.S. appeals court has blocked sales of the copycat while the companies resolve a patent dispute.
Nearly a dozen makers of biosimilars, including Hospira, Pfizer, Samsung and Sandoz, have banded together into the Biosimilars Forum, a nonprofit group that will lobby for how biosimilars are used in the U.S.
Conventional thinking is that the complexity of biosimilars will keep their discounts to just 20% to 30% of the branded price. Think again. In Norway a biosimilar of Merck's arthritis blockbuster Remicade is going for a discount of nearly 70%, upsetting conventional wisdom and competitors.
Celltrion has set its sights on shipping a less expensive version of rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade to the U.S. in the third quarter, pending approval from the FDA.
Colorado's house of representatives passed a bill allowing pharmacists to substitute biosimilar versions of biotech drugs, even when the brands are prescribed by name. The approach would almost mirror the substitutions allowed with standard generic meds, except for the fact that pharmacists would be required to notify doctors about the change.