Oct. 3: The FDA granted interchangeability to Biogen Inc. and Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd.’s Byooviz (ranibizumab-nuna) for the treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration, macular edema following retinal vein occlusion and myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV). The agency first approved the biosimilar of Lucentis (ranibizumab) from Roche Group member Genentech USA, Inc. on Sept. 17, 2021. The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is administered by intravitreal injection once a month. Dosing for mCNV is up to three months. Drugs.com lists the price of a single-dose 10 mg/mL for 0.05mL vial as more than $1,199.
Oct. 11: The FDA expanded the approval of Fresenius Kabi’s Idacio (adalimumab-aacf) for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa. The agency first approved the biosimilar of AbbVie Inc.’s tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker Humira (adalimumab) on Dec. 13, 2022. Dosing starts with 160 mg via subcutaneous injection on day one or split over two consecutive days, then 80 mg on day 15, and then on day 29 and subsequent doses, 40 mg every week or 80 mg every other week. The price of two single-dose prefilled pens or two single-dose prefilled glass syringes is $6,576.