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Bio-Thera Solutions, a global biotechnology company based in Guangzhou, China, has reported the results of a clinical study of its proposed bevacizumab biosimilar, BAT1706, referencing Avastin.
During the first quarter of 2019, Samsung Bioepis’ biosimilars revenue increased to $175 million, up from $128 million in the first quarter of 2018. Those numbers, say Biogen, are driven by the launch of biosimilar adalimumab, Imraldi.
The approval comes as welcome news for AbbVie, which seeks to strengthen its immunology sales as it faces biosimilar competition for its flagship therapy, adalimumab (Humira).
Earlier this month, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) were called before the Senate Finance Committee to answer questions about how their businesses impact drug prices for Americans. While the executives deflected criticism and pointed to issues like legal challenges to biosimilars as playing a key role in keeping drug prices high, lawmakers and officials are taking steps to rein in PBMs.
New data from a subset analysis of MONITOR‐GCSF, a multicenter study from Europe, show that biosimilar filgrastim has similar effectiveness and safety to reference filgrastim (Neupogen).
 
Access to therapy for ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn disease (CD) may not be consistent with treatment guidelines because of payer policies that do not concur with the American Gastroenterological Association clinical pathways for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
Xbrane Biopharma, a Swedish biotechnology company, says it is starting its phase 3 trial of its ranibizumab biosimilar, referencing Lucentis, and also set sales targets for the treatment for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration.
 
Myelodysplastic syndromes, which are a diverse group of neoplasms that arise from hematopoietic stem cells, are characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis, leading to cytopenias such as anemia and neutropenia.
 
In terms of attitudes toward the safety and efficacy of biosimilars, 84% of survey respondents agreed that switching to a biosimilar is safe and effective for patients whose conditions are treated by reference products, but only 54% agreed with the extrapolation of indications.
Adalimumab and infliximab showed the highest discontinuation rate due to patient remission, followed by golimumab, in the study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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