An accompanying editorial describes the current regulatory process as “a thicket of special programs, flexible review criteria, and generous incentives,” and suggests starting points for reforms, including improving access to biosimilars.
In 2019 the FDA approved 48 novel drugs and 10 biosimilars, according to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).
In late December, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has accepted for review a Biologics License Application for eflapegrastim, a novel drug that could, if approved, compete with existing granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) therapies and their biosimilars.
Last month, Gilead Sciences submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for filgotinib under the priority review process. Filgotinib is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor aimed at moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
When it comes to US biosimilars, 2019 was the busiest year yet for regulatory activity, with a bevy of new approvals and the publication of long-awaited guidance documents.
When it comes to US biosimilars, 2019 was a busy year for regulatory activity. This week on the podcast, we're rounding up the key developments of the year. 
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the year 2019.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of December 16, 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) this week prequalified its first biosimilar. The product, Samsung Bioepis’ biosimilar trastuzumab, Ontruzant, referencing Herceptin, could now become available to more patients with HER2-positive cancer in low- and middle-income countries.
Previously, such chemically synthesized polypeptide products were excluded from the regulatory transition, so subsequent-entry products referencing these drugs would not be eligible for biosimilars or interchangeable product approval. Such products would also not be eligible for generic drug development.

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