Another biologics nomenclature Citizen Petition was filed before this (see www.biopharmacopeia.com). The GPhA petition concerns the issue of established/official nonproprietary names (useable for marketing and prescription filling), particularly, whether these should be unique or not (generic). The earlier petition was filed in June by the Biotechnology Information Institute (R. Rader). It requests FDA assign both unofficial unique and biosimilar/(bio)generic-like (or class) names (and/or other identifiers) upon biologics approvals, along with public disclosures of needed basic agent/product descriptive information, including regarding supplemental approvals (product drift). These names (and the nomenclature system) need to be coherent science/entity/product-based, i.e., totally new and with no connection or carry-over from INN/USAN, which as a legacy pre-recombinant nomenclature system is simply not workable with modern biologics.
Ronald A. Rader
Biotechnology Information Institute