21 Apr 22 | AU | Australia’s TGA granted orphan drug designation to Roche’s glofitamab. The TGA also provided approval for Roche to apply for registration using the provisional approval pathway, an expedited approval process. Roche has until 21 October 2022 to make an application through this pathway.
22 Apr 22 | EU | Biogen announced that it has withdrawn the MAA for aducanumab for the treatment of the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, following feedback from the CHMP suggesting the data provided would not be sufficient to support a positive opinion.
25 Apr 22 | EU | Merck announced that it received a positive CHMP opinion for its anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in combination with chemotherapy as neoadjuvant treatment, and then continued as monotherapy in adjuvant treatment after surgery for adults with locally advanced, or early-stage triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) at high risk of recurrence.
27 Apr 22 | Amgen released its Q1 2022 financial results, reporting a 6% increase in YoY revenues. Amgen reported a 12% increase in Prolia® (denosumab) sales, a 7% decrease in Enbrel® (etanercept) sales, a 2% increase in Amgevita™ (biosimilar adalimumab) sales and a 40% decrease in Kanjinti® (biosimilar trastuzumab) sales.
27 Apr 22 | US | Korea Biomedical Review reported that Celltrion has a licence from AbbVie enabling the launch of Yuflyma® (Celltrion’s biosimilar adalimumab) in the US from July 2023. Celltrion expects to receive approval for Yuflyma® this year. Celltrion previously announced in February 2021 that it had completed patent settlements in the US and was approaching settlements in Europe.
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