FDA issued a draft guidance on March 14, 2016 explaining how the agency proposes to implement the provisions under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) for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).
Not surprising after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) positive opinion for two biosimilars to Remicade (infliximab) in June, the first of these was authorized in September. Authorization of Remsima represents the first monoclonal antibody biosimilar, and the thirteenth biosimilar, authorized in the European Union. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration is into
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
The usual suspects from regulated industry, patient and physician groups turned out for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s public meeting on the biosimilars guidances. Now that the draft guidances have been out for several months and the FDA has a stack of comments to consider, the dialogue has moved from the theoretical to the
The three draft Guidances recently released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 focus on how to demonstrate biosimilarity but don’t say much about demonstrating interchangeability. FDA has asked for stakeholder input on biosimilar interchangeability at the agency’s upcoming one-day public hearing on
According to several recent presentations by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials, the agency has established three committees charged with discussing and coordinating issues related to biosimilars to ensure consistency in the regulatory approach and guidance to sponsors. While FDA set up this infrastructure some time ago, with the issuance of the Draft Guidances
As mentioned in a previous post, the EMA set the standard for regulatory approval of biosimilars* with the adoption of their overarching general guideline in 2005 (CHMP/437/04 — PDF), followed shortly thereafter by guidelines on quality issues (EMEA/CHMP/BWP/49348/2005 — PDF) and on non-clinical and clinical issues (EMEA/CHMP/BMWP/42832/2005 — PDF). The pathway for biosimilar approval was
It is largely up to the FDA. In the U.S., what constitutes “highly similar” in the context of biosimilars is ultimately up to how the U.S. Food and Drug Admininstration applies the statutory language under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (PDF). Demonstration that a biological product is “highly similar” to its