Summary: Riabni® is the third FDA-approved version of rituximab (reference product, Rituxan) manufactured by Genentech.
The product was originally designated as ABP798. Amgen submitted a biologic license application for approval via the 351(k) biosimilar pathway in December 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the application on December 17, 2020.
Like the other two approved rituximab biosimilars (Truxima® and Ruxience®), Riabni was not approved for the reference product’s autoimmune indication (rheumatoid arthritis). Amgen did submit a clinical study for rheumatoid arthritis, in which the company stated there was no clinically meaningful difference in outcomes between their product and the reference product Rituxan®. This drug was launched in January 2021.
About the Manufacturer
Amgen, based in Thousand Oak, California, is a leading global biotechnology company. The company focuses on six therapeutic areas: cardiovascular disease, oncology, bone health, neuroscience, nephrology and inflammation. Amgen Biosimilars is the division responsible for biosimilar commercialization. Riabni is the fifth Amgen biosimilar approved by the FDA. Amgen and Allergan have worked together on four oncology products together, with two of the products being FDA approved, Kanjinti® (trastuzumab) and Mvasi® (bevacizumab). Other products approved include Amjevita® (adalimumab) and Avasola® (infliximab). Additionally, Amgen has three biosimilar products in the pipeline: aflibercept, eculizumab, and ustekinumab. Amgen also has reference products that currently face biosimilar competition (filgrastim and pegfilgrastim).
News, Commentary, and Intelligence
Competitor Products and Manufacturer Analysis
Riabni was the third and perhaps last rituximab biosimilar to be approved by the FDA, owing to other potential biosimilar candidates being derailed in recent years. This product was launched in January 2021, and biosimilar rituximab has now captured about 50% of the marketshare for its oncology indications. Boehringer Ingelheim, Sandoz, Viatris, and Samsung Bioepis/AstraZeneca (partners in a joint venture called Archigen) have run into either business roadblocks or regulatory problems in bringing their products to market. None of these agents will likely move towards FDA application.
Riabni was approved for the non-automimmune indications only. Truxima was approved for rheumatoid arthritis and Wegener’s granulomatosis indications in December 2019, and launched these two indications in May 2020. However, it is not clear as to whether payers will exclude Ruxience coverage for the nonapproved indications.
Rituximab Biosimilar(s) Approved by the FDA
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December 20, 2019
FDA approved December 17, 2020
June 30, 2017/May 29, 2018
Approved December 14, 2018
Approved July 23, 2018
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(January 24, 2019) The results demonstrate that the study met its primary endpoint of pharmacokinetic (PK) similarity. Additionally, equivalent efficacy was established and a similar safety profile was demonstrated.
Rituximab Biosimilar Approved by FDA for Cancer Treatment
(November 28, 2018) On November 28, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of rituximab-abbs (Truxima™), produced by Celltrion and marketed by Teva. Approval for this rituximab biosimilar was overwhelmingly recommended by the FDA’s Oncology Drug Advisory Committee by a vote of 16-0 in October.
Sandoz Decides Against Marketing Rituximab Biosimilar in US
(October 30, 2018) Sandoz announced that it would halt its efforts to obtain approval for its biosimilar version of rituximab from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Celltrion's Rituximab Biosimilar Earns Positive FDA Review
(October 8, 2018) The information package released by reviewers for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that a positive recommendation for Celltrion’s rituximab biosimilar is likely at the Advisory Committee meeting on October 10.
Celltrion Bounces Back, Resubmits for FDA Approval of Rituximab Biosimilar
(May 30, 2018) Anticipating that its issues with the Incheon, South Korea, manufacturing plant will be resolved, Celltrion has resubmitted its biologic license application for a rituximab biosimilar (CT-P10).
FDA Hands Sandoz a Rejection on Its Rituximab Biosimilar
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Teva and Celltrion Receive Rejections on Trastuzumab and Rituximab Biosimilars
(April 5, 2018) Celltrion and its partner Teva were dealt a significant blow today, as the Korean manufacturer announced that the latest two biosimilar candidates were rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.
Biosimilar Rituximab Under FDA Review
(July 5, 2017) Celltrion announced June 30, 2017 that it has submitted its 351(k) application to the Food and Drug Administration for approval of its biosimilar version of rituximab. This represents the first biosimilar application for rituximab, a monoclonal antibody to CD20..
Celltrion’s Rituximab Recommended for Approval in Europe
(January 3, 2017) Just weeks after Celltrion presented data at the American College of Rheumatology meeting demonstrating that its product CT-P10 is as safe and effective as Rituxan®for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) received the recommendation to approve the product for use in the EU.
CT-P10 Rituximab Biosimilar Phase 3 Clinical Trial Results Announced
(September 28, 2016) The results of a phase 3 trial presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting proved that a biosimilar version of Rituxan provided equivalent results over a 24-week study period compared with the originator product.