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German court issues preliminary injunction for Formycon’s Stelara® (Ustekinumab) Biosimilar

Oct 26, 2023

It has been reported that the Munich Regional Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Formycon’s manufacture of FYB202, its Stelara® (ustekinumab) biosimilar, in Germany until expiry of Janssen’s SPC on its basic ustekinumab patent on 20 July 2024.  According to the reports, the decision reflected the arguments submitted by Janssen that in order to rely on the EU manufacturing waiver to export FYB202 before SPC expiry, Formycon was required to produce a relevant marketing authorisation in a country outside the EU in which the SPC was not in force, and had not done so.

FYB202 is not approved in the EU.  Formycon and its commercialisation partner Fresenius Kabi announced in September 2023 that their MAA for FYB202 has been accepted for review by the EMA.