Novartis Now Has Version of Amgen Neupogen Drug

Sandoz announced that its version of Amgen’s NEUPOGEN proved to be highly similar to the original in preventing severe neutropenia in individuals with breast cancer being treated with neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy. Neutropenia is a condition where the body has an excessively low number of white blood cells.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had accepted Sandoz’s filgrastim application in July, making the company the first to have an accepted filing under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.

According to Professor Kimberly Blackwell from the Duke University School of Medicine, biosimilars have the potential to play important roles in widening access to top-quality biologics in the U.S. Since biosimilars are more affordable than the originals they are copying, savings will be generated which can then be used to finance other medical needs.

The biosimilar that Sandoz intends to distribute in the U.S. is already available in over 40 other countries. By the end of the decade, it is expected that biosimilars will account for around a quarter of the $100-billion sales generated by off-patent biological drugs.

Read More: Tech Times

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