Date: 2018-07-27

Type of information: Granting of a Market Authorisation in the EU

Product name: Hyrimoz® - biosimilar version of Humira® (adalimumab)

Compound: adalimumab - biosimilar version of Humira®

Therapeutic area: Autoimmune diseases – Inflammatory diseases - Rheumatic diseases - Dermatological diseases - Digesti

Action mechanism:

  • biosimilar/monoclonal antibody/TNF alpha inhibitor. Adalimumab is a monoclonal antibody that binds specifically to TNF alpha and blocks its interaction with  cell surface TNF receptors. It is used to treat many conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and plaque psoriasis.

Company: Sandoz (Switzerland)


  • plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, active enthesitis-related arthritis, hidradenitis suppurativa, non-infectious uveitis

Latest news:

  • • On July 27, 2018, Sandoz announced that the European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization to biosimilar Hyrimoz® (adalimumab) for use in all indications of the reference medicine Humira®, including rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, Crohn's disease, uveitis and ulcerative colitis. The approval was based on a comprehensive data package comprising analytical, preclinical and clinical research demonstrating that Hyrimoz® matches the reference biologic in terms of safety, efficacy and technical quality. A randomized, double-blind, three-arm, parallel study confirmed the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and safety of Hyrimoz. The study met the primary endpoint, demonstrating bioequivalence for all primary pharmacokinetic parameters. A Phase III confirmatory safety and efficacy study (ADACCESS) demonstrated therapeutic equivalence in the sensitive indication of patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque-type psoriasis, with a similar safety and immunogenicity profile to the reference biologic. No meaningful clinical differences were observed.
  • • On May 31, 2017,  Sandoz announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted for regulatory review its Marketing Authorization Applications for biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab)  Sandoz is seeking approval for biosimilar adalimumab for use in all indications of their respective reference medicines. The biosimilar adalimumab submission included clinical data from pharmacokinetic (PK) studies and a Phase III confirmatory efficacy and safety study in patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.


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US authorization:

UE authorization: 2018-07-27

Favourable opinion UE: 2018-05-31

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Other news:

  • • On October 11, 2018, Sandoz announced a global resolution of all intellectual property related litigation with AbbVie concerning the proposed Sandoz biosimilar Hyrimoz® (adalimumab)for reference medicine Humira® (adalimumab). Under the terms of the agreement, AbbVie grants Sandoz a non-exclusive license to AbbVie's intellectual property relating to Humira®, beginning on certain dates in certain countries in which AbbVie has intellectual property. The license period will begin on October 16, 2018 in most countries in the European Union, and on other dates in various other countries outside the US where AbbVie has IP. In the US, the license period will begin on September 30, 2023.
  • Sandoz will pay royalties to AbbVie for licensing its Humira® patents. All litigation pending between the parties will be dismissed. AbbVie will make no payments to Sandoz. The precise terms are confidential between the parties.

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