Reuters is reporting that the FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Board has unanimously recommended Amgen’s biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira, ABP 501. The panel said that the drug was similar in safety and effectiveness to Humira for rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis, and it recommended that the biosimilar should also be approved for Crohn’s disease in adults and ulcerative colitis. (Reuters)
The move is aimed at Nichi-Iko becoming one of the top 10 global generics leaders, and the companies said acquiring Sagent will boost Nichi-Iko’s ability to commercialize its biosimilar pipeline and increase its presence in injectables.
NACDS and NCPA urged the Senate committee to adopt the House’s position in its version of the National Defense Authorization Act , which does not include provisions that would increase TRICARE copays, arguing that higher copays can have detrimental effects on patient health and federal spending.
Toohey is the former president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, where he oversaw that industry’s federal advocacy, international trade and technology programs, as well as a veteran of PhRMA’s advocacy team.