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MJH Life Sciences™, owner of The Center for Biosimilars®, has acquired the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI), the nation’s leading provider of research and education that informs, advises, and influences the industry on drug cost management.
 
China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has accepted Henlius Biotech’s new drug application for its denosumab biosimilar, hlx14.
 
Following close on the heels of its US approval for Ruxience (rituximab), Pfizer has gained the European Commission nod and aims to launch in coming months.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) effect on the biosimilar industry will be deep and lasting, causing not just approval and launch delays but profound structural changes in how business is done.
 
Self-insured companies could have saved $407 million to $1.4 billion in 2018 had they switched completely from reference biologics infliximab and filgrastim to biosimilars.
Russian company Biocad gains distribution rights for its rituximab and trastuzumab biosimilars in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Canadian provinces encounter opposition in their move to implement forced switching of patients from reference products to biosimilars.
China is getting the hang of producing biosimilars, and harvest time is on the near horizon, according to a new report.
 
The FDA has approved a multidose vial of Samsung Bioepis’ trastuzumab biosimilar Ontruzant, which was first approved as a 150-mg single-dose vial in January 2019 and has yet to reach the US market in either form.
As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causes medical systems to bog down from a host of related issues, a UT Health expert said clinical trials likely will be powered down and hospitals will put consideration of newly available agents on hold.

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