While drug makers who sell insulin in the United States have had the past decade to prepare for the transition, stakeholders within the diabetes community must grapple with the potential impacts that this regulatory change could have.
Winnie Tiedemann, 73, of New Jersey lives with her son and his 5 children. Tiedemann was diagnosed with diabetes at age 25 and has been insulin-dependent for the past 20 or so years. Her out of pocket costs for insulin? Around $3600 a year.
Sandoz announced today that it has enrolled its first patient in a combined phase 1 and phase 3 study of its proposed denosumab biosimilar versus EU-authorized Prolia.
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine examining rituximab in membranous nephropathy found that it is noninferior to cyclosporine in inducing proteinuria remission at 12 months and is superior to maintaining long-term remission up to 24 months in patients at high risk for progressive disease.
A worldwide survey conducted by an international type 1 diabetes (T1D) advocacy non-profit found that rationing of insulin and related supplies was the greatest in the Unites States.
Insulin maker Sanofi is currently developing a proposed biosimilar of insulin aspart (NovoLog), made by Novo Nordisk. In 3 late-breaking poster presentations at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 79th Scientific Sessions, held June 7-11, 2019, in San Francisco, California, researchers presented data on the biosimilar, SAR341402.
Generic drug maker Lannett Company has announced the beginning of a clinical trial of its proposed biosimilar insulin glargine referencing Lantus.
Eli Lilly and Company announced this week that it has made a lower-cost insulin lispro injection available in pharmacies. The company said that the authorized version carries a list price ($137.35 per vial and $265.20 for a package of 5 pens) that is 50% lower than that of the brand-name Humalog injection.
Set against a backdrop of rising concern about the cost of insulin, the FDA held a hearing about biosimilar insulins Monday, 10 months before the products transition in March 2020 from the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act to biologics under the Public Health Service Act.
While a study in healthy volunteers demonstrated bioequivalence of the 2 insulin products, to date, few direct comparisons of the biosimilar and the innovator have been available. A new study compared the efficacy and safety of treatment with each of the products in a retrospective analysis of hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes and found that the reference insulin provided better fasting glycemic control than the biosimilar.

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