With biosimilars gaining momentum, Amgen and Allergan cite success of Herceptin's copycat
Amgen and Allergan are reporting a new success for their partnership aimed at developing a slate of four big biosimilars. Investigators reported that ABP 980 was virtually indistinguishable from Roche’s $6.5 billion franchise drug Herceptin (trastuzumab) in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2-positive) early breast cancer in a Phase III trial.
The results set up another shot at a near-term approval, following Amgen’s solo success in front of an FDA panel review a week ago for its biosimilar of AbbVie’s $14 billion franchise drug Humira. A day later Amgen was playing defense, trying to slow Novartis’s effort to win an approval for a biosimilar of Enbrel, a $9 billion gold mine for Amgen and its partners.
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