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Amgen and Sandoz in Legal Battle Over Biosimilar Application

By Randi Hernandez In a landmark lawsuit over the first biosimilar application, Amgen is suing Sandoz for unlawfully refusing to follow the patent resolution protocol laid out by the rules of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA).
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Global Gaps in Standards Threaten Biosimilar Development

Although biopharmaceutical companies and regulatory authorities have made considerable progress in establishing policies for bringing biosimilars to market, key differences and gaps in requirements for testing and documenting product similarity still characterize the European Union, the U.S. and other regions. The EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) has set the regulatory pace, with 18 products approved since 2006, […]
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Pharma Manufacturing Investments Reflect Key Industry Trends

Shrinking facility size, growth of biologics, and emerging market demand influence pharma investments. Pharmaceutical Technology’s Cynthia Challener offers summary of selected investments in both small- and large-molecule manufacturing facilities during the last year. Numerous trends in the pharmaceutical industry, and particularly in the biopharmaceutical sector, are leading to the need for smaller-capacity production facilities, which in […]
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Biosimilar Development in Europe: Ten Years On

The European Union established the first legal regulatory guidelines for biosimilars in 2005. The first biosimilar, Omnitrope, a version of somatropin, was approved in April 2006. To date, the EU has approved 19 applications in total (two were withdrawn after authorization so 17 are now marketed) and continues to update its guidelines, general and product-specific, […]
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Sandoz Wins Biosimilar Filing Race

 After months of speculation about prospects for biosimilar development in the U.S., Novartis announced July 24 that FDA has accepted Sandoz’ biologics license application (BLA) for a similar version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim). Assuming FDA approval within a year, this action sets the stage for testing whether and how biosimilars will gain acceptance in the […]
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