Challenges in demonstrating biosimilarity and interchangeability of biosimilar
Challenges in demonstrating biosimilarity and interchangeability of biosimilar products OMICS Group Biosimilars 2015 Birmingham, UK 10-11 Aug 2015 Hazel Gorham [email protected] Topics What is a Biosimilar and Why? Demonstrating Similarity
Quality attributes Non-clinical animal PK/PD Bioequivalence Phase III equivalence; Efficacy and Safety comparability Interchangeability Acceptance of interchangeability Demonstrating interchangeability Is it possible? 3
02/24/2020 What are Biosimilars? 4 02/24/2020 Patent Cliff 5 02/24/2020
The Potential value of biosimilars Biologic therapies are a key driver of increased drug cost To maximise health gain from a limited budget, then spend on those interventions that produce the most health gain per pound/dollar Cost reductions would be the significant driver to the increased use of targeted biologic cancer drugs in many countries Significantly more patients will be treated as biologics costs fall
EU- savings between 11.8 -33.4 Billion between 2007-2020* *(Haustein et al GaBI 2012,1(3-4) 120-6) 6 02/24/2020 Global Biosimilar Concept Generic approach is not appropriate Step-wise comparability approach Global similarity in all aspects: Quality Efficacy Safety
Case by case approach Pharmacovigilance is critical 7 02/24/2020 Demonstrating Similarity 8 02/24/2020 Principles of establishing biosimilarity
The guiding principle of a biosimilar development programme is to establish similarity between the biosimilar and the reference product by the best possible means, ensuring that the previously proven safety and efficacy of the reference medicinal product also applies to the biosimilar. 9 02/24/2020 Similarity
10 02/24/2020 Demonstrating similarity Quality attributes Non-clinical animal PK/PD Bioequivalence Phase III equivalence; Efficacy and Safety comparability 11
02/24/2020 Comprehensive Biosimilarity Exercise 12 02/24/2020 Similarity of Quality Attributes EMA Quality Target Product Profile (QTPP) The goal posts for each critical quality attribute need to be established FDA
Fingerprint-like analysis algorithm Such a strategy can further quantify the overall similarity between two products and may provide a basis for a more selective and targeted approach to subsequent animal and/or clinical studies. 13 02/24/2020 Similarity non-clinical animal comparability Case by Case approach EU applies the principles of the 3Rs (replacement, refinement, reduction)
US and others require more studies 14 14 02/24/2020 Similarity clinical bioequivalence General principle: A test product is considered to be bioequivalent to a reference product if the 90% confidence interval of the geometric mean ratio of AUC and Cmax between the test and reference fall within 80125%.
Not applicable to the assessment of biosimilarity between highly variable biological (intra-subject variability greater than 30% C.V.) High variability large Phase I studies 150-300 HVs 15 02/24/2020 Demonstrating Biosimilarity- Clinical phase III Sensitive homogenous population
Assay sensitivity/ Similarity 16 16 02/24/2020 Sensitive Homogeneous Population and Endpoints Sensitive Homogeneous Population In principle, the most sensitive model and study conditions (pharmacodynamic or clinical) should be used in a homogeneous patient population
Selection of Endpoints The most sensitive clinical endpoint that is able to detect product-related differences Study design, study population and/or endpoints may be different to those used to establish therapeutic benefit of the reference product 17 17 02/24/2020
Determination of margins-Effect size An appropriate equivalence margin that is adequate to detect clinically meaningful differences in effectiveness and safety The smaller the equivalence margin the narrower the confidence interval larger the sample size. The choice of margin and its justification are usually supported by statistical estimation based on historical data of the reference product and by comparison of prior study design 18 18
02/24/2020 Assay Sensitivity- ICH E10 As for all clinical comparability trial designs, assay sensitivity (see ICH topic E10) has to be ensured (EMEA/CHMP/BMWP/42832/2005) Determining that historical evidence of sensitivity to drug effects exists. Without this determination, demonstration of efficacy from a showing of non-inferiority is not possible and should not be attempted. Designing a trial. Important details of the trial design, e.g., study population, concomitant therapy, endpoints, run-in periods, should adhere closely to the design of the trials used to determine that historical evidence
of sensitivity to drug effects exists Setting a margin. An acceptable non-inferiority margin should be defined, taking into account the historical data and relevant clinical and statistical considerations Conducting the trial. The trial conduct should also adhere closely to that of the historical trials and should be of high quality 19 19 02/24/2020
Equivalence OR Non-Inferiority 20 20 02/24/2020 Non-Clinical and Clinical In general, an equivalence design should be used The use of a non-inferiority design may be acceptable if justified on the basis of a strong scientific rationale and taking into consideration:
The characteristics of the reference product, e.g. safety profile/tolerability, dose range, dose-response relationship. A non-inferiority trial may only be accepted where the possibility of increased efficacy can be excluded on scientific and mechanistic grounds However, as in equivalence trials assay sensitivity has to be considered 21 21 02/24/2020
Interchangeability 22 22 02/24/2020 Demonstrating interchangeability- US Under the 2010 Biosimilar Price Competition and Innovation (BCPI) Actpassed with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)FDA is required to release a definition for interchangeable products
Dug company would have to show that nothing happens to the patient if you switch them back and forth between the two products. But how the company would show that to regulators remains wide open 23 02/24/2020 United States http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-laws-and-legislation-related-to-biologic-medications-and-substitution-of-biosimilars.aspx
24 02/24/2020 ROW EU: biosimilars developed in line with EU requirements can be considered therapeutic alternatives to their respective reference products however decisions on the interchangeability or substitution of biosimilars and originator biologicals are not made by EMA but at the national level Health Canada : biosimilar products are not interchangeable; Canadian provinces could still pay for SEB
South Africa does not allow biosimilars to be interchangeable with their reference product and automatic substitution cannot apply to biosimilars Japan's approach is similar, but also points out that substitution of a biosimilar with its reference or innovator product should be avoided throughout treatment Emerging countries: differing views mostly driven by cost 25 02/24/2020 http://gabi-journal.net/what-pricing-and-reimbursement-policies-to-use-for-off-patent-biologicals-results-from-the-ebe-2014-biological-medicines-policy-survey.html
26 26 02/24/2020 Recently announced positions of 2 authorities Australia Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) has approved Eli Lillys biosimilar insulin glargine TGA also said it will consider marking the biosimilars equivalent,. a
flagging, meaning substitutable at pharmacy level Substitution will not be applied to SBMPs [similar biological medicinal products, biosimilars] at this time unless TGA issued statement supportive of a flagging is available. And in fact it has even rejected a flagging in the case of the filgrastim biosimilar, Nivestim before. 27
The Finnish Medicines Agency, announced on 22 May 2015 that biosimilars licensed in the EU are interchangeable The Fimea however, does not recommend automatic substitution at the pharmacy level. The agency specifically recommends that biosimilars are interchangeable with their reference products only under the supervision of a healthcare
professional. 02/24/2020 Demonstrating Interchangeability. Is it possible? 28 28 02/24/2020
Study design challengesWhat to measure, who to measure and for how long? Endpoints Duration of evaluation Response margin Each indication? A question that remains is, if a product is deemed interchangeable with the reference product, does this automatically also mean that a product is interchangeable with other (interchangeable) biosimilars? 29 29
02/24/2020 Interchangeability key cog in biosimilar debate! Biosimilar Interchangeability Problems Pose Complex Challenge for Regulators The big elephant in the room is interchangeability, and whether were going to consider a biologic product more like a New Molecular Entity (NME)a new product that has a similar function but is a completely different drug in how we prescribe itor if we going to be able to see biosimilars as interchangeable. 30
02/24/2020 Guidelines CHMP/437/04 Rev 1: Guideline on similar biological medicinal products, 23 October 2014 EMA/CHMP/BWP/247713/2012: Guideline on similar biological medicinal products containing biotechnology-derived proteins as active substance: quality issues (revision 1), 22 May 2014 FDA, Draft Guidance for Industry Clinical Pharmacology Data to Support a Demonstration of Biosimilarity to a Reference Product, May 2014 EMEA/CHMP/BMWP/42832/2005 Rev. 1; Similar biological medicinal products
containing biotechnology-derived proteins as active substance: non-clinical and clinical issues FDA draft guideline: Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product 31 02/24/2020 THANK YOU 32
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