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India's Gujarat state drugmakers speed up biosimilar race

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.

NICE's cost watchdogs favor biosims for RA ahead of Remicade

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.

Australia's moves on biosimilar substitution draw flak from U.S. biologic medicines group

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.

Biosimilar of Novartis' eye drug Lucentis launched in India

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.

Bad news for AbbVie: Humira copies expected to rack up biggest biosim sales

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.

Court blocks Novartis' biosimilar copy of Amgen's Neupogen

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.

Biosimilar manufacturers form group to influence market in U.S.

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.

Deep discounts allow Remicade biosimilar to grab 50% of Norway's market

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 eyes biosim Remicade launch in the U.S. this year

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 lawmakers pass biosim substitution bill

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.