Amgen Biosimilars: First submission for Humira biosimilar in the United States

November 26, 2015 7:30 AM

Amgen announced the submission of a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the United States FDA for ABP 501, a biosimilar candidate to Humira (adalimumab).

Amgen believes this submission is the first adalimumab biosimilar application submitted to the FDA and represents Amgen’s first BLA submission using the 351(k) biosimilar pathway.

“The submission of Amgen’s first biosimilar application to the FDA is an exciting milestone, expanding our inflammation portfolio to provide additional therapeutic options to patients,” said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “Patients with chronic inflammatory conditions are faced with a significant burden of disease requiring long-term treatment. Amgen’s branded biologic medicines and biosimilars are developed and manufactured according to the same high standards, and we are committed to delivering high-quality medicines to patients with serious inflammatory diseases.”

ABP 501 is a biosimilar candidate to adalimumab, an anti-TNF-alfa monoclonal antibody, which is approved in many countries for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.

Amgen’s BLA submission includes analytical, clinical and pharmacokinetic data. Phase 3 comparative efficacy and safety studies were conducted in both moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis. The Phase 3 studies met their primary endpoints showing clinical equivalence to adalimumab. Safety and immunogenicity of ABP 501 were also comparable to adalimumab. Data to support the transition of adalimumab patients to ABP 501 are included in the submission.

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