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Biologics Naming: US FDA Ponders How To Put New System In Place, While WHO Puts Hold On Pilot Study

Executive Summary

US regulator is currently focused on prospective application of suffix-based naming system for most novel biologics and biosimilars but is still considering how best to change the names of existing products. Meanwhile, World Health Organizations announces it will not proceed 'at present' with its biological qualifier program.

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