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Scientific Name: etanercept

Lupin biosimilar etanercept Etera® and Rymti® approved

October 1, 2020

Lupin receives approval for biosimilar etanercept in Australia under the trade names Etera® and Rymti® in PFS presentations.

Merck announces Health Canada approval of Brenzys® for indications

September 15, 2020

Merck announced Health Canada has approved Brenzys® (biosimilar etanercept) for four new indications:

  • adult patients with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (PsO) who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy

  • pediatric patients ages 4 to 17 years with chronic severe PsO who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy

  • reducing signs and symptoms, inhibiting the progression of structural damage of active arthritis and improving physical function in adult patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA)

  • reducing signs and symptoms of moderately to severely active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in patients aged 4 to 17 years

Lupin and Mylan launch Nepexto® in Germany

August 26, 2020

Lupin and Mylan launch Nepexto® (biosimilar etanercept) in Germany. Nepexto® is indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, severe axial spondyloarthritis and plaque psoriasis.

Pfizer Q2 FY20 financial results released

July 28, 2020

Pfizer releases its Q2 FY20 financial results. Pfizer reported a 16% decrease in international revenues for Enbrel® (etanercept), attributing this decrease to biosimilar competition in Europe, Japan and Brazil. 

Sandoz responds to US Court of Appeals judgement upholding judgement of Amgen etanercept patents valid

July 1, 2020

Sandoz responds to the US Court of Appeals judgment which upheld a ruling from the New Jersey District Court which declared the Amgen patents relating to (etanercept) valid. Sandoz stated that it will continue its efforts to make Erelzi® available in the US, and is evaluating its options, including a possible appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Mylan and Lupin Nepexto® receives EMA marketing authorisation

June 4, 2020

Mylan and Lupin announce EMA marketing authorisation for Nepexto® (etanercept) for all indications of the reference product Enbrel®.

Mylan Q1 earnings call released by JD Supra

May 22, 2020

JD Supra reports on Mylan’s Q1 earnings call. In the call, Mylan announced its partner Biocon had received FDA pre-approval of its Malaysian manufacturing facility, as well as announcing a planned launch for Nepexto® (etanercept) in Europe within months.

EU’s CHMP recommends Mylan and Lupin Nepexto® for indications

March 27, 2020

Mylan and Lupin announce the EU’s CHMP has adopted a positive opinion recommending Nepexto® (etanercept) for all indications as Enbrel®.

Mundipharma enters exclusive commercialisation agreement with Samsung

January 13, 2020

Mundipharma announces commercialisation agreement with Samsung. The agreement grants Mundipharma exclusive commercialisation rights to Samsung’s adalimumab, etanercept, trastuzumab and bevacizumab candidates in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Clover dosing in Ph III trials of etanercept commences

January 11, 2020

Clover announces it has commenced dosing in Ph III trials of etanercept.

Clover receives approval for clinical trials in China

January 2, 2020

Clover announces it has received approved to enter clinical trials in China with SCB-808, biosimilar etanercept.

Lupin Ph III trials of etanercept biosimilar results released

December 16, 2019

Lupin releases results of Ph III trials of etanercept biosimilar, reporting similarity with the reference product.

Outcome based agreement for Enbrel® announced by Amgen and Abarca

December 4, 2019

Amgen and pharmacy benefit manager Abarca announce outcome based agreement for Enbrel®, under which Amgen will provide rebates to Abarca’s clients who start etanercept to treat RA but discontinue treatment after 3 months.  This is the second outcome-based between Abarca and Amgen, the prebvious (2018) arrangement related to hyperlipidemia medicine Repatha.

Sandoz releases results of Erelzi® studies

November 12, 2019

Sandoz releases results of Erelzi® studies, including interim results of the COMPACT study, and long-term cost savings modelling analysis.

Biogen and Samsung Bioepis partnership for commercialisation announced

November 6, 2019

Biogen and Samsung Bioepis announce partnership for the commercialisation of biosimilar ranibizumab and aflibercept for major markets world side including the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. Biogen has also acquired exclusive commercialisation rights for its anti-TNF portfolio, including BENEPALI® (etanercept), FLIXABI® (infliximab) and IMRALDI® (adalimumab), in China.  Under the agreement, Biogen will make one $100 million upfront payment, with up to $210 million payable at additional development, regulatory and sales-based milestones.

Celltrion 3 post marketing studies of etanercept biosimilar results released

October 24, 2019

Celltrion presents pooled data from 3 post marketing studies of etanercept biosimilar, reporting that the study shows real-world evidence of the safety of the product.

Lupin plans to file US market applications for biosimilar etanercept

October 11, 2019

Lupin announces plans to file applications for biosimilar etanercept in the US market by the fourth quarter of FY20.

Results of Samsung Bioepis Benepali® psoriasis study released

October 9, 2019

Samsung Bioepis releases results of Benepali® psoriasis study, announcing results demonstrate the product’s effectiveness and safety in a real-world setting. The study was conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists, Biologics and Immunomodulators Registry and enrolled 269 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.

Samsung Bioepis receives Brazilian approval for Brenzys®

September 10, 2019

Samsung Bioepis announces Brazilian approval for Brenzys®. For the first 10 years, Samsung Bioepis willl supply the drug to local distributors, during which a technology transfer with local partners will take place, allowing local partners to take over manufacturing after this period.

Quarterly etanercept data reveals slow uptakes of biosimilar in AU market

August 12, 2019

Quarterly etanercept data reveals biosimilar uptake remains slow in the Australian market. While the uptake of Brenzys® (MSD) has steadily grown, the biosimilar still only forms 15% of total scripts.

US District Court rules against Sandoz in patent litigation

August 9, 2019

Sandoz announces US District Court ruled against Sandoz in patent litigation, preventing the launch of Erelzi®. Sandoz has announced that they will appeal this decision, and that both parties have agreed to an expedited appeal.

Samsung Bioepis announces Benepali® share in EU etanercept biosimilar market

June 4, 2019

Samsung Bioepis announces Benepali® dominates 40% share in European etanercept biosimilar market.

Results of 24 week switching study on Sandoz candidate released

May 29, 2019

Results of 24 week switching study released, citing no changes in safety or efficacy outcomes. The study was conducted in patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and compared the outcomes of those who swapped to the Sandoz candidate at 24 weeks and those who continued with the reference drug.

Amgen and Roche file suit alleging infringement of patents in response to FDA approval of Eticovo®

April 29, 2019

In response to FDA approval of Eticovo®, Amgen and Roche file a suit alleging the infringement of five patents. Within the complaint, Amgen and Roche allege that Samsung failed to provide them with a copy of its aBLA or details of the manufacturing process, as well as failing to provide the 180 day notice of commercial marketing.