Oncology

Bio-Thera Solutions, a global biotechnology company based in Guangzhou, China, has reported the results of a clinical study of its proposed bevacizumab biosimilar, BAT1706, referencing Avastin.
New data from a subset analysis of MONITOR‐GCSF, a multicenter study from Europe, show that biosimilar filgrastim has similar effectiveness and safety to reference filgrastim (Neupogen).
 
Myelodysplastic syndromes, which are a diverse group of neoplasms that arise from hematopoietic stem cells, are characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis, leading to cytopenias such as anemia and neutropenia.
 
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH) first published their guidelines on erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) in cancer care in 2002, with updates in 2007 and 2010, and the new update is the first to address biosimilar epoetin alfa.
 
Last week, Health Canada approved Celltrion and Teva’s biosimilar rituximab, Truxima, for the treatment of adults with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
 
An advocacy group for patients with breast cancer in Canada recently published a series of recommendations after convening roundtable discussions with both patients and providers about their knowledge of biosimilars.
Pfizer has launched its biosimilar trastuzumab, Trazimera, in Spain. The biosimilar became available to Spanish patients with early and locally advanced or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer and HER2-positive metastatic gastric cancer on April 1, 2019.
Next week, researchers from around the globe will gather in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 2019 European Lung Cancer Congress. During the meeting, multiple research teams will discuss new findings from research into the use of bevacizumab—which now has approved biosimilars that promise cost savings and expanded patient access—in nonsquamous non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Sandoz announced today that it has resubmitted to the FDA its Biologics License Application (BLA) for its proposed biosimilar pegfilgrastim.
 
Daiichi Sankyo has announced that it is accelerating its Biologics License Application (BLA) for DS-8201, [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan for the treatment of patients who previously received ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla), to the first half of 2019. 

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