Reliance Life Sciences restrained from launching their Biosimilar version of Herceptin

Roche has been successful in obtaining a temporary injunction from the Delhi High Court to block the expected launch of a biosimilar of breast cancer drug Herceptin (trastuzumab) by Reliance Life Sciences.

The order dated 2nd November 2015 of Justice Manmohan Singh of Delhi High Court restrains Reliance from launching the drug in the market till the next date of hearing.

Reliance Life Sciences has recently obtained approval for its biosimilar version of Herceptin named TrastuRel. According to Roche, Reliance Life Sciences has incorrectly been granted an approval by the Drug Controller General Office for TrastuRel. Roche argued that Reliance was supposed to conduct the clinical trials of all phases (I, II and III) to obtain an approval, however the approval has been granted without the clinical trials of Phase I and Phase II.

 The Counsel’s for Roche argued that the result of clinical trial of Phase III is dependent upon the results of trials of Phase I and Phase II. Thus, on the basis of clinical trial of Phase III even if valid the product of Reliance Life Sciences cannot be treated as “biosimilar product of Roche”.

 Justice Manmohan Singh held that serious issues are raised in the matter which would be decided after considering the explanation and reply of the defendants and till the next hearing Reliance has been restrained from launching the product. 

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