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NeuClone said Thursday that it has begun dosing participants with its proposed ustekinumab biosimilar, referencing Stelara, in a phase 1 trial.
 
The Japanese Adverse Drug Event Report (JADER) database, a large, published database managed by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency for pharmacovigilance, collects spontaneous reports as a means to detect adverse events (AEs) related to drugs, and a newly published study used the JADER data to assess AEs related to the reference infliximab and to the biosimilar, CT-P13.
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.  
While biosimilar stakeholders’ eyes have been on the recent launch of new products and on policy proposals that stand to impact these therapies, several new proposed biosimilar agents are making their way into clinical trials.
 
In treating patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, Samsung Bioepis’ etanercept biosimilar, approved in the European Union as Benepali and in the United States as Eticovo, was shown to be effective in a registry study.
A recent preliminary study examined whether adults treated with anti–tumor necrosis factor agents (anti-TNFs) had reduced the risk of Alzheimer disease, and found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis who were treated with anti-TNFs had a lower risk of developing the incurable neurocognitive disorder. 
 
Could adalimumab and its biosimilars become a less attractive option for treating some inflammatory diseases in the face of new therapeutic choices like interleukin-17 inhibitors? In the case of ixekizumab, a recent head-to-head study versus adalimumab showed that the newer product was superior in terms of improving joint and skin disease in patients with psoriatic arthritis.
Biosimilar trastuzumab is becoming a feature of the biosimilar landscape in both Europe and the United States, with 5 agents (Herzuma, Kanjinti, Ontuzant, Ogivri, and Trazimera) approved in both territories and with additional biosimilars in the drugmakers’ pipelines. During the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019, held in Barcelona, Spain from September 27 to October 1, researchers reported new data from phase 3 studies of 2 such biosimilar products.
During the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019, researchers provided a detailed look at a 3-treatment, 6-sequence crossover study for a pegfilgrastim biosimilar, and a separate team presented on the use of biosimilar filgrastim in patients who are being given chemotherapy regimens that involve a rest period of up to 14 days.
 
During this week’s European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019, held September 27 to October 1 in Barcelona, Spain, a research team presented findings from a phase 3 trial of Samsung Bioepis' SB8, a proposed bevacizumab biosimilar referencing Avastin.

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