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Scientific Name: tocilizumab


US | FDA to review Fresenius Kabi’s aBLA for biosimilar tocilizumab

August 1, 2022

Fresenius Kabi announced that the FDA has accepted for review Fresenius’ biosimilar candidate MSB11456 to Chugai’s Actemra® (tocilizumab).  Actemra is presently the only tocilizumab product on the market in the US.

Poland’s URPL approves IND for Celltrion’s CT-P47 (biosimilar tocilizumab)

July 19, 2022

Korea Biomedical Review reported that Celltrion has received approval from Poland’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Equipment Registration Office (URPL) for its IND for Ph III trials of CT-P47 (biosimilar to Actemra®, tocilizumab).

US | PTAB institutes IPR on tocilizumab patent

June 3, 2022

The PTAB instituted an inter partes review filed by Fresenius Kabi against US Patent 9,750,752 (‘752 patent) owned by Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha and Hoffman-La Roche.  The ‘752 patent is directed at methods of treating giant cell arteritis by subcutaneously administering tocilizumab.  This is the sixth IPR instituted by PTAB regarding tocilizumab patents arising from Fresenius Kabi challenges.

Celltrion submits clinical trial design for biosimilar tocilizumab in Poland

May 17, 2022

Korea Biomedical Review reported that Celltrion has submitted a global Ph III clinical trial plan for CT-P47 (biosimilar tocilizumab) to Poland’s Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products.  The global Ph III trial commenced in May 2022, and follows the phase 1 trial which commenced in July 2021.

US | Remdesivir replaces Humira® as the most expensive drug by total member spend in Vizient’s Winter 2022 Market Outlook

January 26, 2022

Vizient announced that remdesivir has replaced Humira® (adalimumab) as the most expensive drug by total member spend in its Winter 2022 Market Outlook.  Pembrolizumab, ustekinumab, ocrelizumab, denosumab, infliximab, nivolumab and tocilizumab also featured in the top 10 most expensive drugs by member spend.


Theramex and Enzene Biosciences announce tocilizumab agreement

December 23, 2021

Theramex and Enzene Biosciences announced that they have entered into an agreement for the development and commercialisation of biosimilar tocilizumab.  The product will be available in parenteral vials, PFS and autoinjectors from 2026 in Europe, the UK, Switzerland and Australia.

Fresenius Kabi releases new data on MSB11456 (proposed biosimilar tocilizumab)

September 7, 2021

Fresenius Kabi announced that its biosimilar tocilizumab candidate MSB11456 successfully met its primary and secondary endpoints in Ph I trials of both subcutaneous and intravenous formulations.

IN | Hetero receives emergency use approval in India for tocilizumab

September 6, 2021

Hetero announced that it has received emergency use approval from India’s DCGI to market its biosimilar tocilizumab for the treatment of COVID-19.

AU | Roche notifies AU’s TGA of tocilizumab shortages

August 13, 2021

Roche notified Australia’s TGA of shortages of multiple presentations of Actemra® (tocilizumab). Tocilizumab has been used off-label for COVID-19, driving global demand. The TGA made a number of recommendations for patients currently treated with Actemra®, including switching to alternative biological disease modifying drugs.

IN | Hetero submits application for biosimilar tocilizumab

May 5, 2021

ThePrint reported that Hetero Labs has submitted an application to start clinical trials and manufacture of biosimilar tocilizumab in India. Tocilizumab has been recommended for off-label use in the treatment of COVID-19 by the Indian Government, but has been subject to extreme shortages.  The product is manufactured by Roche and distributed in India by Cipla pharmaceuticals. It is not known whether Hetero has reached a licensing agreement with Roche.

Biogen reaches agreement with Bio-Thera for tocilizumab biosimilar

April 8, 2021

Biogen announced it has reached an agreement with Bio-Thera for the development, manufacture and commercialisation of BAT1806 (proposed tocilizumab biosimilar). Under the agreement, Biogen will gain exclusive rights to BAT1806 in all countries excluding China.

AU | BR | EU | US | Fresenius Kabi announces it will launch its biosimilar adalimumab in Australia in Q2 2021

February 23, 2021

In its Q4 2020 investor presentation, Fresenius Kabi announced it will launch its biosimilar adalimumab in Australia in Q2 2021 and in Brazil in Q3 2021. Additionally, Fresenius Kabi announced it will launch its biosimilar pegfilgrastim in the US and the EU in Q3/4 2021. Fresenius Kabi’s biosimilar tocilizumab candidate is planned for launch in the US and the EU in 2023. An undisclosed autoimmune biosimilar is planned for a 2024 launch, and an oncology biosimilar in 2025.


Gedeon Richter enters asset purchase agreement with Mycenax Biotech

April 29, 2020

Gedeon Richter announces it has entered an asset purchase agreement with Mycenax Biotech for the purchase of a biosimilar tocilizumab product. Under the agreement, Richter will receive worldwide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialise the product which is expected to reach global markets in 2025.


Bio-Thera Ph III trials of proposed tocilizumab biosimilar commence

January 22, 2019

Bio-Thera announces commencement of Ph III trials of BAT1806, its proposed tocilizumab biosimilar. Results are expected in the second half of 2020.


Results from Mycenax Ph I PK clinical trials released

December 24, 2018

Mycenax announces positive results from Ph I PK clinical trials, reporting the product met the primary endpoint in PK comparison.

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