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  • FDA Emphasizes Regulatory Flexibility In Biosimilar Reviews
    FDA Emphasizes Regulatory Flexibility In Biosimilar Reviews

    A study recently published in the BJCP go a long way toward providing a clear example of what regulatory flexibility looks like in the EMA. But where does the FDA, which got a late start with biosimilars, stand in terms of regulatory flexibility today?

How To Prepare Your Biosimilar Company For Interchangeability

While attending a recent biosimilars conference, I heard few clear opinions about whether interchangeability will be a beneficial strategy for biosimilar makers. However, in an interview, Pankaj Mohan, CEO of pure-play biosimilar company Oncobiologics, offered a very straight-forward perspective.

3 Lessons From The GPhA Biosimilars Council Conference

This inaugural conference touched upon many of the topics one would expect, including reimbursement, interchangeability, naming, the global markets, and IP challenges. But I felt three overarching topics were particularly worthy of being singled out.

Biobetters: How Much Competition Should Biosimilar Makers Expect?

In the last few weeks, news stories have surfaced reminding the biosimilar industry that biobetters are alive and, for the most part, well. Overall, there are upwards of 500 biobetters in development worldwide. But should the biosimilar industry really be concerned about biobetters quashing the use of biosimilars?

The Norwegian Biosimilar Phenomenon: From Biosimilar To “Biogeneric”

Following the recent Amgen and Sandoz FDA advisory committee meetings, which focused heavily on concerns about “non-medical switching,” Dr. Steiner Madsen’s often frank discussion on how switching contributed to biosimilar uptake in Norway provides reassurance and best practices for global biosimilar makers.

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  • How Health Systems Will Manage Biosimilars: Implications For Manufacturers

    The FDA recently approved Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), a biosimilar to Remicade (infliximab), for multiple indications, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Despite being studied in clinical trials only for rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, the FDA granted infliximab-dyyb nearly all of Remicade’s indications based on the infliximab-dyyb clinical package. The FDA stopped short of determining the biosimilar to be “interchangeable,” as standards for interchangeability have not yet been finalized.

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  • Four Steps To Conducting A Successful Data Integrity Audit
    Four Steps To Conducting A Successful Data Integrity Audit

    Auditing is a critical aspect of an overall data integrity assurance plan. To successfully audit the integrity of data, auditors must possess specific knowledge, insights, and skills.

  • The Right Biomanufacturing Partner Can Improve Flexibility And Mitigate Risks From Forecasting
    The Right Biomanufacturing Partner Can Improve Flexibility And Mitigate Risks From Forecasting

    While forecasts can never be 100% accurate, the goal for biopharmaceutical forecasters should be to minimize the degree of inaccuracies as much as possible. To reduce the impact of inaccurate forecasting over the life cycle of a product, companies need to focus on those variables that they have the most control over.

  • The Ongoing Push For Human Abuse Liability Studies In The EU
    The Ongoing Push For Human Abuse Liability Studies In The EU

    Human Abuse Liability (HAL) studies use clinical procedures that were initially developed in the United States. European nations have had little experience in developing and applying these techniques, which is leading some to question whether more thorough testing could have forestalled some difficulties with addiction, diversion, and other societal harms. 

     

  • Inaccurate Forecasting Is Here To Stay: Focus On Managing Risk Instead
    Inaccurate Forecasting Is Here To Stay: Focus On Managing Risk Instead

    The single most important factor influencing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical decisions is demand forecasting. Forecasts impact decisions regarding capital cost, outsourcing for product commercialization, and many other critical aspects of production. It’s no secret that drug forecasts are notoriously incorrect, and often by large margins. John LaMattina, former president of Pfizer Global R&D, foresees no improvement in forecasting accuracy. How then, do companies minimize risk?

  • Impact Of Incorrect Forecasts On New Drug Product Launches
    Impact Of Incorrect Forecasts On New Drug Product Launches

    Pharmaceutical company marketing executives have become more accurate in positioning their new product in the marketplace, profiling prescribers, and understanding and responding to the reimbursement landscape. What is still a quagmire for pharma companies is predicting the actual demand for products and the timing of that demand.

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Pediatric Clinical Trials: Special Considerations and Requirements October 6, 2016
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Medical Device Design Controls 101 – A Practical Crash Course October 12, 2016
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