The Top 5 Biosimilar Articles for the Week of March 14

Here are the top 5 biosimilar articles for the week of March 14, 2022.

Hi, I’m Skylar Jeremias for The Center for Biosimilars®, your resource for clinical, regulatory, business, and policy news in the rapidly changing world of biosimilars.

Here are the top 5 biosimilar articles for the week of March 14, 2022.

Number 5: Europe’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted positive opinions for 2 insulin biosimilars, meaning that the agency has recommended the European Commission grant them marketing authorization.

Number 4: Health Canada has approved Byooviz, a biosimilar referencing Lucentis (ranibizumab), for the treatment for several ophthalmic conditions. Byooviz represents the first ranibizumab biosimilar to be approved for the Canadian market.

Number 3: Teva Pharmaceuticals launched lenalidomide capsules, the generic of Revlimid, in the United States. The capsules are available in 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, and 25 mg strengths, according to a statement from the company.

Number 2: AbbVie settled outstanding lawsuits, including its case related to the International Trade Commission (ITC), with Alvotech, giving Alvotech the green light to launch its high-concentration, citrate-free adalimumab biosimilar referencing Humira in July 2023, pending FDA approval.

Number 1: At a session at the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 2022 Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit, panelists suggested that the quest for rebates by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) prevents uptake on some biosimilars—and could soon bleed over into biosimilar formulary placement.

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