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Europe approves its first mAb biosimilar & FDA is handling 17 biosimilar INDs

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

Posted in Biosimilar Definitions, Global Comparisons

EMA releases a draft revision to the Biosimilars Guideline for public consultation

The European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) initiated a public consultation on a proposed revision of its Guideline on “Similar Biological Medicinal Products” (the “Biosimilars Guideline”), available at the EMA website . The 2 April 2013 proposed revision would ultimately result in a new guideline replacing the current Biosimilars Guideline adopted in October 2005.

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EMA takes steps toward facilitating global clinical trials for biosimilars

Applicants for marketing authorisation for biosimilars in the European Union (“EU”), under certain conditions, will be able in the near future to use batches of reference biological medicinal products sourced from outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) in pre-clinical and clinical studies that are part of the comparability exercise preceding authorisation of biosimilars. On 28

Posted in Global Comparisons

EMA regulatory approval changes for biosimilars on the horizon in the E.U.?

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

Posted in Global Comparisons

Global Dis-Harmonization of Biosimilar Naming and Labeling

The Food and Drug Law Institute held a recent “Dialogue” on the naming and labeling of biosimilars in the U.S. as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implements the abbreviated pathway for biosimilars authorized under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. While the representatives from FDA participated on both panels—naming and labeling, the remainder