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Biocon’s biologics facilities in Bengaluru, India, have received an EU certification of good manufacturing practice (GMP) after a March 2019 inspection, said the drug maker last week in a notice to the National Stock Exchange of India.
 
During the 24th European Hematology Association (EHA) Congress, researchers from the European branch of the Severe Chronic Neutropenia International Registry reported on experience with reference granulocyte colony-stimulating factor products and a biosimilar.
Korean drug maker Celltrion Healthcare recently presented new findings from a 2-part study at the European League Against Rheumatism European Congress of Rheumatology 2019 meeting about subcutaneous biosimilar CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima).
The FDA recently approved biosimilar rituximab CT-P10, or Truxima. While the drug is not yet available in the United States, data are accruing for its use in Europe. During last week’s 24th Congress of the European Hematology Association, held from June 13-16 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 4 groups of researchers reported on real-world data that support the use of the biosimilar in cancer care.
Amgen is developing a biosimilar of the drug, ABP 959, and during last week’s 24th Congress of the European Hematology Association, held from June 13-16 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, researchers reported on findings from a phase 1 trial of the proposed product.
A Canadian advisory council is recommending the use of biosimilars in a final report that lays out 60 recommendations for how the country can create a C$15.3 billion universal, single-payer, public system for pharmaceutical coverage.
 
Irish hospitals will be offered a €500 (US $561) incentive for each patient switched from brand-name Humira or Enbrel to a biosimilar option.
 
A new study has found that switching among multiple biosimilar infliximab products was not associated with increased immunogenicity in patients with inflammatory diseases.
During this week’s European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, researchers from the University of Manchester reported on their findings regarding patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) involved in the BSRBR-RA study who had switched from reference infliximab or reference etanercept to biosimilars.
Given the cost of the brand-name drug, there is interest among providers, particularly in contexts with limited resources, in using a biosimilar rituximab to treat pemphigus, and recently, 2 studies reported on the use of biosimilar rituximab in treating this disease.

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