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Mylan’s Biosimilar Herceptin Gets FDA Advisory Committee Nod


Mylan N.V. MYL and partner, Biocon Ltd. announced that the FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) unanimously recommended approval of its biosimilarversion of Roche’s RHHBY breast cancer drug Herceptin (trastuzumab).

In fact, the FDA’s ODAC voted 16 to 0 in favor of biosimilar candidate, which has been developed to treat HER2-positive breast cancer that is a more aggressive form of the disease.

Notably, shares of Mylan inched up about 0.41% following the news release. However, the company has outperformed the Zacks categorized Medical-Generic Drugs industry in the year so far, with the stock gaining 2.8% against the industry’s decline of 0.3%.

Meanwhile, the data presented to ODAC included results that showed that the proposed biosimilar trastuzumab is highly similar to Herceptin, in line with the FDA’s assessment provided in the pre-meeting briefing documents. Per ODAC, there is no clinically meaningful difference between Mylan’s biosimilar candidate and Herceptin in terms of safety, purity and potency.

Biosimilar trastuzumab is also under review by regulatory authorities in Australia, Canada, Europe and several emerging markets.

While this is good news for Mylan, it is a blow for Roche because Herceptin is one of its key drugs. Last week, another biosimilar of Roche was put under review by the ODAC. Amgen AMGN and its partner, Allergan plc. AGN announced that the supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for its candidate, ABP 215, a biosimilar to Roche’s another cancer drug Avastin, will also be reviewed by ODAC.

Both Herceptin and AVastin are key drugs for Roche and biosimiar versions of these drugs, once approved, will hurt the sales of the drugs.

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Mylan currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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