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Along with innovations in design comes the question of patients’ willingness to pay for features that differentiate self-injection devices from one another.
Hungary-based Gedeon Richter announced today that it has launched a biosimilar teriparatide, Terrosa, in Europe. The drug, referencing Eli Lilly’s Forsteo (sold as Forteo in the United States), is used to treat osteoporosis. The product will also be sold under the brand name Movimya by the company's partner, Stada.
 
In a one-page order filed last week, a panel of judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Genentech’s motion for an injunction that would have blocked Amgen from selling its biosimilar bevacizumab, Mvasi, pending the outcome of an appeal.
Upadacitinib is expected to help AbbVie continue to lead in the immunology market after biosimilar competition emerges for adalimumab in 2023. The approval for the treatment of RA is one of 6 indications that AbbVie’s chief executive officer, Richard Gonzalez, said in a 2018 presentation that the company expects to have approved and launched by 2022.
With rising concern over rising drug prices, policymakers have sought a better understanding of the roles of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the drug supply chain and plans' and PBMs' efforts to manage Part D drug spending and use.
 
Samsung Bioepis has begun recruiting patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in India for a phase 3 clinical study of its proposed eculizumab biosimilar, SB12, referencing Soliris.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of August 12, 2019.
In its August 2019 network bulletin, UnitedHealthcare indicated that, beginning October 1, 2019, biosimilar bevacizumab (Mvasi) and biosimilar trastuzumab (Kanjinti), both made by Amgen, will be preferred products for commercial, community, and Medicare Advantage plans.
Bio-Thera Solutions, a global biotechnology company based in Guangzhou, China, says it began a phase 1 study of BAT2506, a proposed golimumab biosimilar referencing Simponi.
Regeneron’s aflibercept (Eylea) has been approved by the FDA for a prefilled syringe (PFS) presentation. The 2-mg, single-dose, PFS will offer the greater ease of use less preparation than the vial presentation of the drug used to treat a range of eye disorders.

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