Jun 15, 2017
  • FDA accepts Sandoz ANDA for substitutable generic version of Advair Diskus®
  • Sandoz believes its combination product will offer asthma and COPD patients same safety and efficacy as reference medicine
  • Sandoz looks forward to working with FDA to drive access to this treatment option

Holzkirchen, June 15, 2017- Sandoz today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its Abbreviated New Drug Application for fluticasone propionate / salmeterol combination product, a substitutable generic version of Advair Diskus®[1].

If approved, the product will treat asthma in patients aged four years and older, in addition to providing maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

"Sandoz scientists and medical experts have developed a high-quality generic option that we believe offers asthma and COPD patients the same safety and efficacy that they expect from Advair Diskus®," said Peter Goldschmidt, President of Sandoz Inc.

"We know the treatment of asthma and COPD place a significant cost burden on patients and the healthcare system in the US. We are confident in our application and data, and we look forward to working with the FDA to provide greater access and affordability for this treatment option."

Sandoz, a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, acquired Oriel Therapeutics, Inc. in 2010, gaining additional expertise in the development of orally inhaled medicines.

[1] Advair Diskus® is a registered trademark of Glaxo Group Limited.

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About Sandoz
Sandoz is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. As a division of the Novartis Group, our purpose is to discover new ways to improve and extend people's lives. We contribute to society's ability to support growing healthcare needs by pioneering novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine. Our portfolio of approximately 1000 molecules, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2016 sales of USD 10.1 billion. In 2016, our products reached more than 500 million patients and we aspire to reach one billion. Sandoz is headquartered in Holzkirchen, in Germany's Greater Munich area.
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