Biosimilar Advancements: Understanding the Latest Updates on Humira® with Cyltezo® and Abrilada™

At the time our April 2023 Newsline article Biosimilar Adoption for Humira® in 2023 was published, eight FDA biosimilars for Humira had been approved, and five more were pending approval. As of June, three additional biosimilars are in the market and three are still pending FDA approval. In October, Abrilada™ was granted FDA approval as an interchangeable biosimilar. Now, Abrilada™ along with Cyltezo® are the only two biosimilars that are interchangeable with Humira® without the intervention of the prescribing physician, depending on state pharmacy laws. The chart below

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from Cardinal Health’s biosimilar landscape overview provides a convenient summary.

FDA Approved

Product Company Estimated launch Interchangeability Designation Approved Citrate free Latex free
Abrilada™ Pfizer November 2023 Yes Yes Yes
Amjevita™ Amgen January 31, 2023 No Yes Yes
Cyltezo® Boehringer
July 1, 2023 Yes Yes No
Hadlima™ Organon July 1, 2023 No No Yes
Hadlima™ Organon July 31, 2023 No Yes
Hulio® Viatris July 31, 2023 No Yes Yes
Hyrimoz® Sandoz July 1, 2023 No No No
Hyrimoz® Sandoz July 1, 2023 No Yes No
Idacio® Fresenius Kabi July 2023 No Yes Yes
Yuflyma® Celltrion July 1, 2023 No Yes Yes
Yusimry™ Coherus July 1, 2023 No Yes Yes

Pending Approval

Product Company Estimated launch Seeking interchangeability Citrate free Latex free
Amjevita™ Amgen 2024; Phase III trials Yes Yes No
AVT-02 Teva Pending FDA approval Yes Yes Yes
MYL-1401A Mylan Phase III trials

PAAS Tips:

  • Not all biosimilars are interchangeable
  • When the FDA grants an interchangeable biosimilar designation, this means the biosimilar meets additional data requirements proving patients who alternate between the reference product and the biosimilar will have the same clinical result as patients who are being treated with the reference product alone
  • Abrilada™ is expected to be in the market at the end of November 2023
    • PAAS National® will update our Biologic Injectable Medication chart when Abrilada™ available
  • Some large payers are keeping Humira® on formulary for 2023, but others may not
    • Watch for soft rejects alerting pharmacies to preferred biosimilars
    • PBMs may allow Humira® to process, but severely underpay the claim. Try to bill the interchangeable biosimilar first, watching claim adjudication logic, and then consider Humira DAW 9, as appropriate

Jennifer Ottman, CPhT