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    • Biosimilar Action Plan Introduced to Kick-Start the Biosimilar MarketJuly 20th, 2018

      Though the pace of biosimilar approval has quickened substantially over the last year (with 6 approvals since this time last year alone), the biosimilar market remains sparse and slow. Unsurprisingly, FDA has noticed.  This week, FDA unveiled a Biosimilars Action Plan (BAP) aimed at speeding …

    • Maine Law Aims to Increase Generic Drug Developers’ Access to Reference SamplesJuly 17th, 2018

      By Michelle L. Butler & Eliot Markman* – On July 4, 2018, 2017 ME S 432, titled “An Act To Require Drug Manufacturers To Comply with Federal Law” (the “Act”), became law without Maine Governor Paul LePage’s signature.  The Act amends 32 M.R.S.A. § 13702-A and …

    • Biosimilar Approval: Better, Stronger, FasterMay 21st, 2018

      We have the technology. It will definitely cost more than six million dollars, and there are questions about whether it will be better than it was before.  But Dr. Sarfaraz Niazi thinks he can rebuild the biosimilar approval process to make it more efficient. In an …

    • FDLI’s Introduction to U.S. Biologics and Biosimilars Law and RegulationSeptember 28th, 2017

      Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s Mark I. Schwartz will be presenting on the Regulation of Biological Manufacturing at the Food and Drug Law Institute's (“FDLI’s”) Introduction to U.S. Biologics and Biosimilars Law and Regulation course, which is scheduled to take place from October 4-5, 2017 in Washington, …

    • FDA’s Approach to Analytical Similarity for Proposed BiosimilarsSeptember 27th, 2017

      Earlier this week, FDA published another in its series of guidance documents devoted to implementing the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”). The objective of the new guidance, entitled Statistical Approaches to Evaluate Analytical Similarity Guidance for Industry, is to assist sponsors in demonstrating …

    • No State Law Allowed: U.S. Weighs in on BPCIA Federal PreemptionSeptember 14th, 2017

      After this year’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Amgen v. Sandoz was remanded to the Federal Circuit (see our previous post here), that Court is now in the midst of addressing Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) state law preemption. In August, the parties …

    • Discovery in the BPCIA Era: Federal Circuit Rules in Amgen v. Hospira EPOGEN Biosimilar DisputeAugust 13th, 2017

      As we mentioned back in July, courts continue to address a wide variety of procedural questions arising from the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”). The most recent is a decision from the Federal Circuit in an interlocutory appeal pending since July 2016 in …

    • Never Stop Never Stopping: More Questions About the BPCIA Continue to AriseJuly 5th, 2017

      In the aftermath of the Sandoz v. Amgen Supreme Court decision, both sides should be happy that some of the procedural uncertainty surrounding the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) patent dance has been resolved.  But that would be too easy. Even though U.S. Supreme …

    • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Amgen v. Sandoz; Gives a Potential Boost to the Biosimilars IndustryJune 12th, 2017

      In a relatively infrequent unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning (June 12th) interpreted the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) such that the biosimilar patent dance is not mandatory. As regular readers of the FDA Law Blog know, Amgen sued Sandoz for …

    • If Everyone’s Unhappy, Maybe You’re Doing Something Right… Comment Period on FDA’s Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance ClosesMay 29th, 2017

      The comment period on FDA’s Draft Guidance Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability With a Reference Product recently closed (Docket No. FDA-2017-D-0154), and it seems like everyone has something to say about the guidance. With over 50 comments submitted, some very technical in nature, FDA has some deep …

    • Apotex Petitons FDA on Biosimilar NEULASTA; Wants Comparative Clinical Efficacy Studies in at Least One Patient PopulationApril 26th, 2017

      Apotex and its subsidiary Apobiologix submitted a Citizen Petition (Docket No. FDA-2017-P-2528) on April 21, 2017 asking that FDA ensure a level playing field for all biosimilar applicants referencing NEULASTA (pegfilgrastim). A common tactic in the small molecule world to introduce additional hurdles to generic …

    • FDA Licences Renflexis; Some Firsts for this Remicade BiosimilarApril 24th, 2017

      On April 21, FDA approved Samsung Bioepis’ Renflexis, a biosimilar referencing Pfizer’s Remicade. Like Remicade, Renflexis is approved for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease (both pediatric and adult), Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Plaque Psoriasis.  Remicade was approved as an Orphan …

    • The Demise of the BPCIA Patent Dance?March 2nd, 2017

      Well, that was quick! Only two weeks after filing, the U.S. District Court of Delaware dismissed Genentech’s Complaint under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) against Amgen.  As we explained here, Genentech sued Amgen for failure to comply with the patent dance provisions …

    • Amgen and the BPCIA Patent Dance – ReduxFebruary 19th, 2017

      2017 is already shaping up to be a big year in court for Amgen and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”). As regular readers know, Amgen’s challenge to Sandoz’s refusal to participate in the patent dance after filing of an aBLA relying on …

    • At long last, FDA Issues Guidance on Biosimilar InterchangeabilityJanuary 17th, 2017

      After months of promises and postponements, FDA has finally published its long-awaited draft guidance on biological product interchangeability, Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability With a Reference Product, under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”).  While FDA had originally promised the guidance in …

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