Oncology

Coherus BioSciences has confirmed that it has launched its pegfilgrastim biosimilar, Udenyca, in the United States market.
Researchers found a $2522 mean cost for biosimilar and follow-on filgrastim versus a $2516 mean cost for reference filgrastim.
Germ cell tumors are common malignancies, and chemotherapy with a regimen of bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin (BEP) has improved the prognosis for patients with these tumors. However, BEP involves significant myelosuppression, and the safety of pegfilgrastim for the prevention of febrile neutropenia related to myelosuppression has not been well investigated in patients with this tumor type.
A recent study evaluated the impact of adding bevacizumab to chemotherapy treatment for patients who were newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The results, published in Gynecologic Oncology, found that while the addition of bevacizumab greatly improved progression-free survival (PFS), it did not improve overall survival.
A recent study sought to investigate the overall survival (OS) advantage of the addition of trastuzumab to chemotherapy for patients with human epidermal growth factor 2-positive early breast cancer.
During the European Society for Medical Oncology’s Asia 2018 annual meeting, held in Singapore from November 23 to November 25, a research team presented an update on the clinical program for HLX02, a proposed trastuzumab biosimilar referencing Herceptin. The proposed biosimilar is being developed by the Chinese firm Shanghai Henlius Biotech.
Beth Wittmer, RN, OCN, senior manager of care management at Florida Cancer Specialists, addresses how nurses are being educated about biosimilars. 
During last month’s European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2018 annual meeting, held in Singapore from November 23 to November 25, researchers presented data demonstrating the biosimilarity of QL1101 with reference bevacizumab (Avastin).
Mylan and Biocon have received final approval from the European Commission to market their trastuzumab biosimilar, Ogivri, referencing Herceptin. 
Chinese biologics developer Innovent has announced that its proposed bevacizumab candidate, IBI305, has met its primary end points in 2 randomized, head-to-head clinical trials that compared the biosimilar to the brand-name bevacizumab (Avastin).
 

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