Biosimilars | Specialty

The OncLive Biosimilars condition center page is a comprehensive resource for clinical news and expert insights on currently available and investigational biosimilars for reference drugs such as trastuzumab, rituximab, bevacizumab, and more. This page features news articles, interviews in written and video format, and podcasts that focus on updates with biosimilars and ongoing research with these types of agents.


Novel Sintilimab Combo Significantly Improves PFS in EGFR-Mutated Nonsquamous NSCLC

October 18th 2021

The combination of sintilimab, a bevacizumab biosimilar injection, and chemotherapy resulted in a significant improvement in progression-free survival in patients with EGFR-mutated, nonsquamous, non–small cell lung cancer that as progressed following treatment with an EGFR TKI, meeting the primary end point of the phase 3 ORIENT-31 trial.

Overcoming Hurdles to Biosimilar Uptake

September 6th 2021

Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD, explains that biologics have revolutionized the treatment of serious conditions, including cancer, over the past few decades, however, costs are a pressing issue for all providers and biologics are a major culprit.

Knowledge of Biosimilars Becomes A Necessity in Oncology Nursing

August 9th 2021

Understanding the functionality and naming convention of biosimilars vs their biologic counterparts are important concepts to utilizing these agents in oncology, according to a presentation given by Teresa Knoop, MSN, RN, AOCN, during the 5th Annual School of Nursing Oncology Meeting.

Biosimilars Gain Traction, Generate Savings

July 26th 2021

The use of oncology biosimilars has expanded rapidly in the United States during the past 2 years as providers embraced a growing armamentarium of new products, according to findings from real-world data reported at the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

Rituximab Biosimilar CT-P10 Demonstrates Real-World Safety, Efficacy in DLBCL

June 14th 2021

The rituximab biosimilar CT-P10 produced response and survival rates that were comparable to those previously reported with the reference product, along with acceptable tolerability, in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

FDA Accepts Application for Lupin Limited’s Pegfilgrastim Biosimilar

June 4th 2021

The FDA has accepted the biologics license application for a proposed biosimilar for pegfilgrastim, which had been developed by Lupin Limited.

Oncology Biosimilar Market Is Growing

May 20th 2021

Although the United States is behind Europe in terms of biosimilars approved and launched, the FDA is adding more approvals each year—29 since 2014—and 73 additional biosimilar candidates are in clinical trials and/or under FDA review.

Physician Confidence in Biosimilars Rests on Real-world Data

May 19th 2021

Providers and health care institutions want more real-world data on how patients respond to various biosimilar products, according to a varied panel of private practice, academic hospital, and group purchasing organization experts in a discussion at the Community Oncology Alliance virtual 2021 Community Oncology Conference in April.

Adoption of Biosimilars Varies by Practice Setting

March 29th 2021

The use of biosimilars to treat patients may differ across drug classes, according to a new study examining the relationship between biosimilar use and practice setting and patient/physician characteristics.

FDA Approval Sought for Bevacizumab Biosimilar BAT1706

January 29th 2021

January 28, 2021 - The FDA has accepted a biologics license application for BAT1706, a proposed biosimilar to bevacizumab.

FDA Defers Action on BLA for Bevacizumab Biosimilar MYL-1402O

January 6th 2021

January 6, 2020 - The FDA has deferred action on the biologics license application for the proposed bevacizumab biosimilar MYL-1402O.

FDA Approves Rituximab Biosimilar for NHL, CLL, GPA, and MPA

December 17th 2020

December 17, 2020 - The FDA has approved rituximab-arrx, a biosimilar to rituximab, for the treatment of adult patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and microscopic polyangiitis.

Lyman on Bringing Biosimilars From Bench to Bedside in Oncology

November 2nd 2020

In our exclusive interview, Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, discusses the current state of biosimilars in oncology, the pathways that have been established to ensure the safe delivery of these agents to patients, and the potential effects they could have on alleviating some of the current constraints within the health care system.

Injectable Sintilimab/Bevacizumab Biosimilar Combo Improves Survival in Frontline HCC

September 28th 2020

Frontline sintilimab injection in combination with bevacizumab biosimilar injection resulted in a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival and overall survival compared with sorafenib in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.

Dr. Welslau on the Interim Results of the REFLECT Trial in DLBCL

August 25th 2020

Manfred Welslau, MD, discusses​ the interim results of the REFLECT trial in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Bevacizumab Biosimilar Aybintio Approved in Europe

August 20th 2020

The European Commission has granted a marketing authorization to Aybintio, a bevacizumab biosimilar for the treatment of patients with the same types of cancer for which the reference product is indicated in the European Union.

Dr. Cuellar on Concerns With Extrapolating Data for Biosimilars

August 19th 2020

Sandra Cuellar, PharmD, BCOP, discusses challenges with ​data extrapolation for biosimilars. 

Interim REFLECT Analysis Reconfirms Efficacy, Safety of Rituximab Biosimilar in DLBCL

August 7th 2020

Manfred Welslau, MD, discusses findings from the REFLECT interim analysis that reconfirmed the activity of the rituximab biosimilar SDZ-RTX, in combination with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

US Biosimilar Portfolio Hits 10-Year Mark in Growth Mode

August 2nd 2020

Since the US regulatory and litigation pathway for biosimilars was signed into law in March 2010, the FDA has approved 28 biosimilar products, including 16 drugs with indications for patients with cancer.

Biosimilars Expand Patient Access to Novel Treatments

July 20th 2020

A panel of hematology-oncology experts discuss the emergence of biosimilar use in oncology.