REMS and voluntary restricted distribution programs have become a significant stumbling block for biosimilar companies. The Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules recently held a hearing on these controversial practices. If there was one big takeaway from the presenting witnesses, it’s that the biosimilars industry is ready for legislative action against these abuses.
Though the interchangeability draft guidance seemed to be well-received by biosimilar makers, I’m hesitant to interpret the surprising post-guidance quietness to mean companies have no concerns about the bar it sets for attaining interchangeability.
I recently attended the IQPC Biosimilars Analytical Similarity, Clinical Studies, and Market Entry conference. This event, which took attendees into the heart of biosimilar development (the analytical and statistical work) was a great example of the scientific challenges developers may face while working with different regulatory agencies.
A few months ago, Eagle Pharmaceuticals agreed to acquire Arsia Therapeutics.This move will help Eagle partner with biosimilar companies to turn biosimilar candidates into biobetters. As Eagle CEO Scott Tarriff describes, the company’s business model of reformulating and improving existing small molecules is well-suited to the biologics space — especially considering his expectations of how the biosimilar space will play out.
Over the past year, the biosimilar industry has developed two mantras: “education, education, education,” and “strategy, strategy, strategy.” But after my conversation with HoUng Kim, the head of the strategy and operations division for Celltrion Healthcare, I’d like to add another mantra to this list: “data, data, data.”
In the spirit of this list-making season, I compiled what I thought were the five most important biosimilar-related triumphs in the past year. Many of these events were widely covered by the media and will play an influential role in how the biosimilar industry unfolds through 2017 and beyond.
Health Canada recently released its revised guidance document on biosimilar submission requirements. Though the revisions were primarily “clarifications,” not major policy changes, some of these amendments provide a glimpse into the more unique aspects of Canada’s relationship with biosimilars.
Relocating an organization as large as the EMA, which employs upwards of 1,000 people in London, will be no easy feat. As such, IDA Ireland, an agency that supports companies in Ireland and promotes foreign direct investments in the country, is working to compile information on why Ireland would be a good location for the EMA.
During an interview at a briefing held by The Atlantic and The Biosimilars Council, Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana presented some valuable insights into where he believes more work needs to be done to ensure biosimilars’ market success.
In most cases, the biosimilar guidelines put forth by all the major regulatory agencies are quite similar. But there are some differences that can challenge companies looking to have their biosimilars approved in these different countries.