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With rising concern over rising drug prices, policymakers have sought a better understanding of the roles of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the drug supply chain and plans' and PBMs' efforts to manage Part D drug spending and use.
Samsung Bioepis has begun recruiting patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in India for a phase 3 clinical study of its proposed eculizumab biosimilar, SB12, referencing Soliris.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of August 12, 2019.
A recent study of a rapid point-of-care (POC) test shows that it is virtually identical at detecting antidrug antibodies (ADAs) to a biosimilar infliximab, SB2 (Renflexis, Flixabi), as a standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and is suitable for therapeutic drug monitoring of any infliximab product.
LG Chem’s biosimilar etanercept, LBEC0101, referencing Enbrel, recently gained approval in Japan and the Republic of Korea. Among the data that led to its authorization were those deriving from a phase 3 study that demonstrated the biosimilar had equivalent efficacy and a comparable safety profile to the reference product. Recently, researchers reported on a single-arm, open-label extension study in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who completed the 52-week phase 3 study.
In its August 2019 network bulletin, UnitedHealthcare indicated that, beginning October 1, 2019, biosimilar bevacizumab (Mvasi) and biosimilar trastuzumab (Kanjinti), both made by Amgen, will be preferred products for commercial, community, and Medicare Advantage plans.
Bio-Thera Solutions, a global biotechnology company based in Guangzhou, China, says it began a phase 1 study of BAT2506, a proposed golimumab biosimilar referencing Simponi.
Regeneron’s aflibercept (Eylea) has been approved by the FDA for a prefilled syringe (PFS) presentation. The 2-mg, single-dose, PFS will offer the greater ease of use less preparation than the vial presentation of the drug used to treat a range of eye disorders.
This week, a pair of papers detailing the clinical program for the biosimilar appeared in Pharmacology Research and Perspectives.
Concerns about overseas inspections continue in the wake of an HHS plan to create 2 potential pathways to allow the importation of some drugs that were intended for foreign markets.

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