Celltrion, Inc., a South Korean biopharmaceutical company, announced that the European Commission (EC) approved Herzuma (trastuzumab biosimilar) for the treatment of patients with early breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, or metastatic gastric cancer whose tumors have either HER2 overexpression or HER2 gene amplification.
The decision follows a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) on December 14, 2017.
The European Commission’s approval of Herzuma marks an important milestone for Celltrion, providing more treatment options for patients. Herzuma® is the third biosimilar from Celltrion’s portfolio approved by the EC. This decision by the European Commission means that Herzuma is now approved for marketing in the 28 member states of the European Union, in addition to Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
“The development of biosimilar is of great importance in the field of oncology, and has the potential to enrich our therapeutic arsenal against a variety of diseases and to increase patients’ accessibility to innovative drugs at a more affordable price,” said Woosung Kee, Chief Executive Officer of Celltrion. “We have already seen many benefits of biosimilars in Europe from our experience with Remsima and Truxima. Our experience has shown that biosimilars not only reduce individual patient’s out-of-pocket medical expenses but also contribute to lowering financial burden on insurance payers and national health agencies.”