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Samsung Bioepis says its trastuzumab biosimilar as safe, effective as original

Samsung Bioepis corporate logo (Samsung Bioepis)
Samsung Bioepis corporate logo (Samsung Bioepis)

South Korean pharmaceutical company Samsung Bioepis said Monday its breast cancer treatment biosimilar Ontruzant is proven to be just as safe and effective as the original drug.

The Korean drugmaker conducted a follow-up study lasing five years, tracking 367 patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive breast cancer.

The patients received several cycles of trastuzumab biosimilar Ontruzant or the reference medicine along with chemotherapy and surgery during the period.

Samsung Bioepis said only one patient treated with Ontruzant showed a left ventricular ejection fraction drop, the measurement of how much blood is being pumped out of the left ventricle of the heart. Two patients treated with the reference medicine showed an LVEF drop.

There was no reported case of heart failure or cardiac death reported in either group, the company added.

The Ontruzant group’s event-free survival rates were 82.8 percent during the five-year study, while those of the reference medicine group marked 79.7 percent.

The overall survival rate of the biosimilar group was 93.1 percent, and that of the reference medicine group was 86.7 percent.

Samsung Biopeis said the study, which includes clinical data compiled over 68 months, is the longest follow-up study involving patients treated with a trastuzumab biosimilar for HER2-positive breast cancer.

The company also expressed hopes that the latest study results can help Ontruzant to be more widely used in treating patients with HER2-positive breast cancer.

The findings will be presented at the upcoming European Society for Medical Oncology Congress 2021.

Sales of Ontruzant in the global market during the first half of 2021 increased 13 percent on-year to $45 million.


By Shim Woo-hyun (ws@heraldcorp.com)
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