Endocrinology

Sanofi’s list prices for Admelog are approximately 15% lower than the originator Humalog’s prices.
The biosimilar insulin will be sold under the brand name Semglee in a 100 IU/mL 3mL prefilled pen presentation in both territories. Mylan and Biocon say that they plans to launch the product in various markets in Europe in the second half of 2018, and in Australia “later this year.”
On Friday, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion on and recommended a marketing authorization for Mylan and Biocon’s Semglee, an insulin glargine follow-on that will be available in the European Union as a solution for injection for patients with diabetes.
 
SAR342434, or Admelog, a follow-on of insulin lispro (Humalog), showed similar efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity to its reference in patients with type 2 diabetes who also used insulin glargine (Lantus) as basal insulin, according to the results of the SORELLA-2 study, published in the January 2018 issue of Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.
 
Antagonism of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) may be a good treatment strategy to counter the deleterious effects of TNF-alpha on the development of insulin resistance and the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.
Australian biosimilar developer NeuClone has announced that it is developing a proposed biosimilar denosumab (referenced on Amgen’s Prolia, Xgeva).
While the European experience with biosimilars is one of significant uptake of biosimilars, individual European nations have had distinctly different levels of uptake. These differences are largely due to local variation in pricing and reimbursement, education levels, population characteristics, and stakeholder incentives.
Mylan has announced that the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has instituted inter partes review (IPR) proceedings on all claims against 2 patents that cover Sanofi’s innovator insulin glargine injection, Lantus.
The FDA has granted final approval to the first short-acting follow-on insulin product, Sanofi’s Admelog (insulin lispro injection). Admelog is indicated to improve insulin control in blood sugar levels in adults and children aged 3 years and older who have type 1 diabetes and in adults who have type 2 diabetes.
Novo Nordisk has announced new data on its development of a next-generation insulin that could help the company stave off biosimilar and follow-on insulin competition. Meanwhile, Sanofi announced that its own insulin met its main objective in a head-to-head study versus Novo Nordisk’s product.
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