On December 14, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved trastuzumab-pkrb (Herzuma), a HER2/neu receptor antagonist biosimilar to trastuzumab (Herceptin), for the following indications:
In these indications, patients should be selected for therapy based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic for a trastuzumab product.
Standards for Biosimilar Approval
Trastuzumab-pkrb meets the FDA’s rigorous standards as a biosimilar to the reference product for the approved indications based on a totality of evidence. The FDA approval is based on a review of a comprehensive data package inclusive of foundational analytic similarity data, nonclinical data, clinical pharmacology, immunogenicity, clinical efficacy, and safety data. The results of the clinical development program for
trastuzumab-pkrb demonstrated that there were no clinically meaningful differences in purity, potency, and safety between trastuzumab-pkrb and trastuzumab for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer for the approved indications.