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On Tuesday, the FDA took significant steps toward a long-awaited transition of insulins and other products that have historically been regulated as drugs and follow-ons to regulation as biologics and biosimilars.
Yesterday, 339 patient, provider, and caregiver groups, on behalf of the Part B Access for Seniors and Physicians Coalition, sent a letter to Congress encouraging lawmakers to block the implementation of the International Pricing Index (IPI) model that was announced last month.
Since the advent of biosimilar filgrastim, patient access to the prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia has improved in many regulatory territories, yet concerns remain about whether the United States is keeping pace with the rest of the world in biosimilar uptake and associated patient access.
 
Pfenex announced this week that it submitted to the FDA a New Drug Application (NDA) for its PF708, a teriparatide follow-on referencing Eli Lilly’s Forteo for the treatment of osteoporosis.
 
In October, the FDA granted approval for a pre-filled syringe formulation of the reference product. Additionally, Novartis is looking to expand omalizumab’s indications, as it recently earned FDA’s breakthrough therapy designation in August 2018 as a treatment for food allergies. 
With the likelihood increasing that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a trade agreement in early 2019, the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has issued new advice to the pharmaceutical industry in which he warned that there could be long border delays that seriously impact the flow of pharmaceuticals in Europe.
Samsung Bioepis has announced that a 1-year follow-up study comparing event-free survival in patients treated with SB3, a biosimilar trastuzumab (approved in Europe as Ontruzant) showed that the biosimilar has similar safety and efficacy profiles to the reference Herceptin.
 
Coherus Biosciences, which recently gained its first biosimilar approval for Udenyca, a pegfilgrastim biosimilar referencing Neulasta, has announced that it has signed a 340B prime vendor program contract with Apexus LLC.
The complaint includes a screenshot of Xanthe Lam’s Genentech-issued computer, which shows a folder titled “JHL” that contained subfolders, 4 of which were named for Genentech medicines for which JHL was in the process of developing a biosimilar.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top news for the week of December 3, 2018.

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