The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently completed a flurry of activity to help define the biosimilar pathway, including issuing final guidances on biosimilar clinical pharmacology and biologics non-proprietary naming, as well as a draft guidance on biosimilar interchangeability. In parallel, litigation that should clarify the BPCIA patent resolution process, including timing of the
FDA issued a draft guidance on March 14, 2016 explaining how the agency proposes to implement the provisions under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) for moving protein products currently approved under the drug statute (section 505 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act) to the biologics system (section 351 of the Public Health Service Act).
A collection of associations for higher education wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging a requirement for biosimilar applicants to certify that they have complied with the information exchange and patent dispute resolution provisions of the BPCIA. The concern raised is that: “biosmilar sponsors can effectively circumvent every patent litigation provision of the statute simply
I recently participated in the American Conference Institute panel discussion “Maximizing Patent Life Cycles,” which was moderated by Pfizer Associate General Counsel Geoffrey Levitt. In case you missed it, “The Pink Sheet” covered the event in its article “FDA Denies Veramyst NCE Exclusivity, Revokes Torisel Exclusivity,” which expands upon several recent decisions from FDA on