Pfizer’s Remicade Biosimilar Candidate Succeeds in Late-Stage Study

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced the confirmatory study (REFLECTIONS B537-02) evaluating the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of PF-06438179 (infliximab-Pfizer) compared to Remicade® (infliximab) met its primary endpoint. The trial demonstrated equivalent efficacy of the proposed biosimilar PF-06438179 to the originator product as measured by the American College of Rheumatology 20 (ACR20) response at Week 14. PF-06438179 is being developed as a potential biosimilar to Remicade.


REFLECTIONS B537-02 is a Phase 3, multi-national, randomized, double blind, two-arm, parallel group study designed to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of PF-06438179 (infliximab-Pfizer) versus Remicade in combination with methotrexate when administered intravenously to treat patients with moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response to methotrexate therapy. This study is also designed to evaluate clinical response, safety and immunogenicity after study drug transitioning from Remicade to PF-06438179 after 30 or 54 weeks of Remicade treatment. The primary endpoint is ACR20 response (≥20% improvement by ACR criteria) at Week 14 of study treatment. Evaluation at both earlier time points (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 12) and later time points (Weeks 22 and 30) will be used to support the primary endpoint analysis. More information about the PF-06438179 REFLECTIONS B537-02 study can be found

About PF-06438179 (infliximab-Pfizer)

PF-06438179 (Infliximab-Pfizer) is a chimeric human-murine monoclonal antibody (mAb) against tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that is currently in development as a potential biosimilar for all currently approved indications of Remicade (infliximab).

Remicade is currently approved in the US and EU for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn’s disease, pediatric Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, pediatric ulcerative colitis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and plaque psoriasis. Biosimilarity has not yet been established by regulatory authorities and is not yet claimed. PF-06438179 is an investigational compound and has not received regulatory approval in any country.

In February 2016, Sandoz acquired the rights from Pfizer for the development, commercialization and manufacture of PF-06438179 in the 28 countries that form the European Economic Area (EEA). Under the terms of the divestment, Pfizer retains commercialization and manufacturing rights to PF-06438179 (a proposed biosimilar to Remicade) in countries outside the EEA.

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