FDA approves aflibercept-mrbb (Ahzantive), Formycon’s biosimilar to Eylea

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The company also submitted a marketing authorization application with the European Medicines Agency.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved biosimilar to Eylea, aflibercept-mrbb (Ahzantive), for the treatment of patients with age-related neovascular (wet) macular degeneration (nAMD).

The biosimilar has also been approved for treatment in patients with serious retinal diseases such as diabetic macular edema (DME), diabetic retinopathy (DR) and macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO).

In addition to Ahzantive, 2 other aflibercept biosimilars were recently approved by the FDA, Biocon Biologics's Yesafili (aflibercept-jbvf) and Samsung Bioepis Opuviz (aflibercept-yszy).

The news was announced in a press release from biosimilar developer Formycon AG and its licensing partner Klinge Biopharma.1

In the press release,1 CEO Stefan Glombitza, PhD, stated that the FDA approval of Ahzantive was “another key milestone on [their] way to becoming the leading pure-play biosimilar developer. It highlights the expertise and experience of [their] team.” He further stated that alongside the approved Lucentisbiosimilar FYB201, he believes the company has an “outstanding position in ophthalmic biosimilar therapies.”

According to the company, the active ingredient in Ahzantive inhibits the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is responsible for the excessive formation of blood vessels in the retina.

Furthermore, the company stated that FDA approval was rooted in the company's “comprehensive data package” that included “analytical, pre-clinical, clinical and manufacturing data.” The data showed that Ahzantive demonstrated comparable efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity to the reference drug Eyleain patients with nAMD.

In addition to the FDA approval, the company also submitted a marketing authorization application with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and expects a response by early 2025.

References:
  1. Formycon Receives FDA Approval for FYB203/AHZANTIVE (AFLIBERCEPT-MRBB), a biosimilar to Eylea. Press Release; July 1, 2024. Accessed July 2, 2024. https://www.formycon.com/en/blog/press-release/formycon-receives-fda-approval-for-fyb203-ahzantive/
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