Drug maker Pfenex announced this week that it has completed its comparative use human factors study for its follow-on teriparatide product, PF708, referencing the osteoporosis drug Forteo.
H.R. 3, The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, passed 2 committees in the House of Representatives Thursday, with a bipartisan amendment intended to boost uptake of biosimilars tucked inside.   
Yesterday, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion of Mundipharma’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar.
A trio of employer groups has formed a new partnership to advocate for policies that address the problem of high—and growing—drug costs.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of October 14, 2019.
NeuClone said Thursday that it has begun dosing participants with its proposed ustekinumab biosimilar, referencing Stelara, in a phase 1 trial.
The Belgian Competition Authority, which contributes to implementing Belgium’s competition policy by addressing anticompetitive practices, announced that it is conducting inspections of some drug makers suspected of having implemented “restrictive practices aimed at limiting, delaying or even preventing the entry into the market or the expansion of biosimilar medicines competing with existing medicines." 
As innovator biologics that have achieved blockbuster sales status reach or near the end of their exclusivities, biosimilar competition is close behind. This week, stakeholders got a closer look at how innovator drug companies are positioning themselves to maintain their sales in the face of such competition.
Drug shortages are an increasing problem—witness the news this week that the chemotherapy drug vincristine, a mainstay in fighting pediatric cancer, is in such short supply that doctors may be forced to start rationing, according to published reports. On Wednesday, the FDA said fiscal year 2018 saw a record number of generic drug approvals. 
Genentech has announced that a phase 3 study of its brand-name rituximab, Rituxan, met its primary end point and demonstrated that treatment with rituximab is superior to treatment with mycophenolate mofetil in patients with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a rate autoimmune disease that affects the skin and mucous membranes.  

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