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Current Clinical Pharmacology


ISSN (Print): 1574-8847
ISSN (Online): 2212-3938

Review Article

Biosimilars: An Approach to some Current Worldwide Regulation Frameworks

Author(s): Efraín Esteban, Rosa-Helena Bustos*, Julio-César García and Edwin Jáuregui

Volume 14 , Issue 1 , 2019

Page: [16 - 40] Pages: 25

DOI: 10.2174/1574884713666181025142928


Developing new biologics has led to regulations and norms aimed at guaranteeing their safety, quality and effectiveness, in terms of marketing, prescription, use, interchangeability and switching. Biologics are of great importance in treating patients suffering from rheumatic, autoimmune, inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. The expiry/lapse of reference biologics or originators’ patents has meant that developing biosimilars involves accompanying legal requirements for their approval in countries worldwide. This paper has thus approached the situation of biosimilar regulation worldwide, the pertinent technical concepts and regulatory differences in some countries of interest.

Keywords: Biosimilar, biologic, biotechnological drug/biopharmaceutical, monoclonal antibody, cytokines, coagulation factors.

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