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Is Boehringer Ingelheim planning to launch its Humira biosimilar at-risk?

Boehringer Ingelheim has been one of the lone holdouts in AbbVie’s ($ABBV) campaign to delay biosimilar competition against Humira® until 2023.  To date, AbbVie has settled with almost all proposed biosimilars for entry dates in 2023.  Is Boehringer going to launch at-risk?

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When did Mylan agree to launch its Herceptin biosimilar?

Mylan’s biosimilar for Herceptin® has FDA approval since December 2017.  Several months earlier, in March 2017, Mylan reached a global settlement with Roche and Genentech regarding their patents covering the drug.  The terms of the settlement have not been made public, which raises the question – when did Mylan agree to launch? 

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Can Teva’s patents block Lilly’s anti-CGRP Emgality from the market?

The anti-CGRP market is heating.  Amgen’s ($AMGN) Aimovig® received FDA approval in May 2018, and Teva’s ($TEVA) Ajovy® received approval in September.  Hot on their heels, Eli Lilly’s ($LLY) Emgality® just received FDA approval at the end of September.  The drugs will all be sold for essentially the same price of $6900 / year.  Given the tight competition, can Teva use its patents to kick anyone off the market?

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Did AbbVie create a wrongful “patent thicket” around Humira®?

​​​​​​​Boehringer Ingelheim has claimed that AbbVie wrongfully created a “patent thicket” around Humira®, and it is delaying biosimilar competition.  While that defense is unique, and may be hard to prove on its face, the FDA appears to agree with Boehringer.  Did AbbVie create a wrongful “patent thicket” around Humira®?

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What are the takeaways from the Remicade® antitrust decision between Pfizer and J&J?

We previously blogged about Pfizer’s ($PFE) antitrust lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) related to Janssen’s Remicade®.  In short, Pfizer launched Inflectra® in 2016, which is a biosimilar to Janssen’s Remicade®.  Yet, Inflectra® has struggled to eat into Janssen’s monopoly for Remicade®.  Pfizer claims that Inflectra®’s poor sales are due to anticompetitive rebate schemes by Janssen.  Specifically, Janssen forced hospitals and insurers to enter exclusive arrangements and bundled-rebated programs that discouraged them from stocking or covering Inflectra®.  Pfizer sued Janssen in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Janssen moved to dismiss, but on August 10, the Court denied Janssen’s motion to dismiss.  What are the takeaways?

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Will Nevro win its patent suit against Boston Scientific over its high-frequency SCS therapy?

Nevro Corp. ($NVRO) claims to have invented pioneering technology for improving the life of individual suffering from chronic pain.  Nevro’s product, the Senza® system, received FDA-approval in May 2015.  Rather than relying upon opioids, the Senza® system uses innovations for spinal-cord stimulation (SCS) therapy.  In 2016, Nevro sued Boston Scientific ($BSX) for copying its patents protecting its innovative SCS therapy.  The case is scheduled to go to trial in November of this year, but the Court has already issued preliminary rulings that show a mixed bag of wins and losses for both parties.  Where is this case heading?

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How long can Roche keep back biosimilars for Avastin®, Herceptin® or Rituxan®?

The biosimilars are biting.  And they are biting at three big biologics distributed by Roche through its biotech subsidiary, Genentech.  Roche currently faces pending biosimilar competition against Avastin® (bevacizumab), Roche’s biggest selling cancer drug, Herceptin® (trastuzmab), Roche’s breast-cancer drug, and Rituxan® (rituximab), Roche’s immunotherapy drug.  All three drugs are involved in patent litigations. How long will these cases last? And how long can Roche keep the biosimilars out?

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Coherus denied institution on Enbrel® IPRs – how does that affect Sandoz?

The PTAB has denied institution of two IPRs filed by Coherus Biosciences against patents covering Enbrel®’s proteins, the ‘182 and ‘522 patents.  The IPRs were not filed by Sandoz, but they will most likely affect Sandoz.  Sandoz already has FDA approval to market Erelzi®, which is its biosimilar for Enbrel®.  And Sandoz is going to trial against Amgen in April.  How do Coherus IPR decisions affect Sandoz's decision to launch at risk?  Or to settle with Amgen?

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Is J&J's Remicade® part of the "rigged" system claimed by FDA's Gottlieb? Pfizer's Inflectra® antitrust suit has the answer.

FDA’s Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said today that a “rigged” system between drug firms and insurers is stifling entry for less-expensive biosimilars.  Gottlieb stated that certain payment arrangements “raise another, perhaps even more insidious barrier to biosimilars taking root in the U.S., and gaining appropriate market share.”  Is J&J’s exclusionary contract scheme to discourage competition with Pfizer’s biosimilar for Remicade® a poster child for what Gottlieb is lamenting?  Pfizer recently sued Janssen over that very question, and the federal court is scheduled to decide a motion answering that question very shortly. 

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When do biosimilars launch at risk?

The biosimilar statute, Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA, was passed in 2010.  Since then, drug companies have been filing biosimilar applications with FDA.  And even though, FDA has approved only nine biosimilar drugs today, an interesting trend may be emerging: biosimilars may be more willing to launch at-risk than small-molecule generics.

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Sandoz’s aBLA for HUMIRA® has been accepted by FDA -- what happens next?

Sandoz, the generic arm of Novartis, has announced that its abbreviated Biologic License Application (aBLA) for a Humira® biosimilar has been accepted by FDA.  Now that Sandoz’s aBLA has been accepted for review by FDA, what happens next on the patent front? 

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