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Brand Name: Yuflyma®


September 18, 2023

KED Global reported that Celltrion won bids to supply Yuflyma®, biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab), in five regions of Italy – accounting for approximately 20% of the Italian adalimumab market.  Yuflyma® recorded ₩54B (USD$40.7M) of sales in the first half of 2023, which Celltrion says is due to its expansion into Europe.

On 11 May 2023, Celltrion won bids to supply Vegzelma® (bevacizumab) in Italy and Belgium.

August 30, 2023

Celltrion Healthcare Canada announced that Yuflyma®, biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab), is now available in an 80 mg auto-injector and pre-filled syringe. It is the only adalimumab biosimilar available at an 80 mg dose in an auto-injector.

On 1 July 2023, Yuflyma® became commercially available in the US after Celltrion obtained a licence from AbbVie on 27 April 2022.

July 1, 2023

Seven biosimilars to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab): Coherus Biosciences’ Yusimry®, Organon and Samsung Bioepis’ Hadlima®, Sandoz’s Hyrimoz®, Celltrion’s Yuflyma®, Fresenius Kabi’s Idacio®, Biocon Biologics’ Hulio® and Boehringer Ingelheim’s Cyltezo® are now commercially available in the US.

Each became authorised for supply in the US in July 2023 following their respective settlements with AbbVie. Samsung Bioepis settled with AbbVie on 5 April 2018, Viatris settled on 17 July 2018 (Biocon acquired Viatris’ global biosimilars business in November 2022), Sandoz settled on 11 October 2018, Fresenius settled on 18 October 2018, Boehringer settled on 14 May 2019, and Coherus settled on 27 November 2019, and Celltrion obtained a licence from AbbVie on 27 April 2022.

AbbVie entered into other deals with biosimilar entrants enabling US market entry, including: Alvotech (market entry on 1 July 2023, which has been delayed by a recent CRL from the FDA), Momenta (market entry on 20 November 2023), and Pfizer (market entry on 20 November 2023).

May 24, 2023

Celltrion announced that its Yuflyma® (adalimumab) product, a high-concentration formulation and biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira®, has obtained FDA approval.  According to Celltrion, Yuflyma® will be available in the US from July for the key indications of Humira®, including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

Celltrion’s announcement came only three days after Boehringer Ingelheim announced its Humira® biosimilar Cyltezo® autoinjector pen obtained FDA approval.

February 24, 2023

The Korea Biomedical Review has reported that Celltrion has explained to shareholders the delay in obtaining US approval for its Humira® adalimumab biosimilar Yuflyma®. Despite obtaining EMA approval in December 2020, Celltrion confirmed that FDA took issue with Celltrion’s overseas and end-product manufacturing plants. Celltrion has rectified the problems and the FDA will complete a final review by May 2023. We have previously reported on Yuflyma®’s progress and approvals including its EU approval in December 2020, in CA on 24 December 2021 and in AU on 28 February 2022.   Celltrion is licensed to supply Yuflyma® in the US from July 2023 pursuant to its settlement with AbbVie.


November 18, 2022

Korea Biomedical Review reported that Celltrion has obtained approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for a domestically manufactured Yuflyma® (biosimilar adalimumab).

October 28, 2022

The Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Counsel (PBAC) published the public summary documents from its July 2022 meeting.  Among the updates were:

  • Yuflyma® (adalimumab): recommended with ‘a-flagged’ status for the same indications as Humira®.
  • Tysabri® (natalizumab): amended listings (removing a requirement for neurologists prescribing natalizumab to be registered with the Tysabri Australian Prescribing Program) recommended by PBAC.
  • Epidyolex® (cannabidiol): not recommended for the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, as the incremental cost effectiveness ratio was deemed to be unacceptably high at the price proposed.
  • Keytruda® (pembrolizumab): amended listings (increasing the max number of repeats, and maximum number of cycles in a lifetime) recommended by PBAC.
  • Stelara® (ustekinumab): vial for IV infusion and PFS recommended for the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. 90mg/1mL PFS recommended for the treatment of Crohn disease and severe chronic plaque psoriasis.

October 5, 2022

Celltrion announced the commencement of Ph III clinical trials regarding Yuflyma® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Estonia.  This trial will run for 13 months and will be used to support Celltrion’s application for interchangeability in the US.  Yuflyma was approved in the EU in February 2021, and in Canada in December 2021.

July 29, 2022

Celltrion Healthcare has reportedly filed an IND application to the FDA for a phase III clinical trial to demonstrate the interchangeability of its Yuflyma® (adalimumab) biosimilar and AbbVie’s Humira®.  The trial will involve 366 patients with plaque psoriasis.  Following Celltrion’s aBLA filing in late 2020 and its settlement with AbbVie in Q1 of 2021, Celltrion plans to launch in the US on 1 July 2023.

July 18, 2022

Hikma Pharmaceuticals announced that it has entered into a commercialisation agreement with Celltrion in relation to Celltrion’s YuflymaTM (biosimilar citrate-free adalimumab).  Under the agreement, Hikma will gain exclusive commercialisation rights to YuflymaTM in all of its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets.  Hikma has launched a number of Celltrion biosimilars: Truxima® (rituximab), Remsima® (infliximab) and Herzuma® (trastuzumab), with the launch of Remsima® SC (subcutaneous infliximab) in progress.

July 6, 2022

At the PBAC meetings 6 – 8 July, Australia’s PBAC considered a number of applications for biologic and biosimilar products, including:

Celltrion’s Yuflyma® (biosimilar adalimumab): requesting listing under the same conditions as Humira®

April 27, 2022

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.

April 11, 2022

Celltrion announced the launch of Yuflyma® (high-concentration, low-volume, citrate-free and latex-free biosimilar adalimumab) in Canada.  Yuflyma® is approved in Canada for ten indications: rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, adult Crohn’s disease, adult ulcerative colitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, plaque psoriasis, adult uveitis, and paediatric uveitis.

March 25, 2022

Australia’s TGA approved Celltrion’s Yuflyma® (biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® adalimumab) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, enthesitis-related arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and uveitis.

March 2, 2022

Celltrion launched Yuflyma® (high concentration citrate-free biosimilar adalimumab) in Korea.


December 24, 2021

Health Canada approved Celltrion’s Yuflyma® (100mg/mL biosimilar adalimumab) for all indications as Humira®.

July 22, 2021

A new study published in Rheumatology reported that the safety and efficacy of Celltrion’s CT-P17 (biosimilar adalimumab) were comparable after one year of treatment, including for patients who switched from reference adalimumab after 24 weeks.

May 31, 2021

The Korea Herald has reported that Celltrion will launch Yuflyma® in the EU in June.  Citing ‘industry sources’ and a Celltrion official, the article discloses that Celltrion will initially launch Yuflyma® in six EU countries including Spain, before launching in an additional 7 EU countries in Q3 2021, and 3 more in Q4 2021.

March 3, 2021

The EMA published the EPAR for Celltrion’s Yuflyma®. The EPAR revealed that Celltrion’s product is citrate-free, but is not buffer-free, with other ingredients including ‘acetic acid, sodium acetate trihydrate, glycine, polysorbate 80 and water for injections’.

February 15, 2021

Celltrion announced it received EC marketing authorisation for Yuflyma® (biosimilar adalimumab) across all indications. This is the first approval of a high concentration, low-volume biosimilar adalimumab. The EPAR is yet to be published by EMA.


December 10, 2020

Celltrion receives a positive opinion from the EU’s CHMP for its proposed 100mg/mL adalimumab biosimilar Yuflyma® for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, paediatric plaque psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and uveitis. If approved, this will be the first registered high concentration, citrate-free adalimumab biosimilar anywhere in the world.

BioBlast® extract From December 10, 2020 to September 18, 2023

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Naomi Pearce & Sian Hope

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Editor: Naomi Pearce, Executive Lawyer, Patent Attorney & Trade Mark Attorney
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