If you can’t beat biosimilars, join them, is the mantra; but at Amgen there’s still gold in originator products, according to its latest earnings report.
While Amgen fends off etanercept biosimilar competition in the United States, Pfizer said it is facing a mounting battle against biosimilar competition in European and other markets.
In court filings this week, Genentech and Amgen laid to rest their long-running dispute over the marketing of bevacizumab and trastuzumab biosimilars that challenged Genentech's dominance of the market for those products.
Genentech seeks to block the marketing of Samsung Bioepis’ proposed bevacizumab biosimilar, saying the company infringed multiple patents when submitting an FDA approval application.
In upholding a lower court ruling, a federal circuit court has decided that Amgen gave enough notice prior to launching its bevacizumab biosimilar. The court decision has frustrated an attempt by Genentech to block sales of the product.
Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), led by the state of Texas, fired opening salvos in the Supreme Court case over the landmark law's constitutionality. If the entire law is thrown out, approval for biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) would disappear, too.
The judge in the Humira case, while noting that the patents have made it nearly impossible for rivals to gain a foothold, said the suit did not constitute a valid antitrust claim.
Among the briefs filed in defense of the Affordable Care Act and, with it, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), is one from the Association for Accessible Medicines, which argues the BPCIA is vital to biosimilars market development.
Australia’s secretive drug approval system gives what some believe is an unfair advantage to rival drug companies.

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