- Comprehensive data package demonstrates that Sandoz biosimilar pegfilgrastim matches the reference biologic in terms of safety, efficacy and quality
- Pegfilgrastim is a long-acting version of oncology medicine filgrastim -- Sandoz is the European market leader for filgrastim
- Sandoz is the global leader in biosimilars, with five biosimilars marketed worldwide and a leading global pipeline, including three biosimilars currently under EMA review
Holzkirchen, October 27, 2017 - Sandoz, a Novartis Division, and the global leader in biosimilars, announced today that its biosimilar to EU-authorized Neulasta®* (pegfilgrastim) has been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for regulatory review.
Pegfilgrastim is a long-acting formulation of filgrastim (granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, or G-CSF) and Sandoz is seeking approval for use of its biosimilar in the same indication as the reference medicine.
"Our goal is to improve patient access to important biologic medicines and the EMA file acceptance of our biosimilar pegfilgrastim is a move towards doing just that," said Mark Levick, MD PhD, Global Head of Development, Biopharmaceuticals.
"At Sandoz, oncology is a key area of focus and, with our biosimilar and generic oncology medicines, we have a leading portfolio in this therapy area. If approved, we look forward to supporting cancer patients, healthcare professionals and payors with our biosimilar pegfilgrastim."
The comprehensive data package, submitted as part of the Marketing Authorization Application, includes analytical, preclinical and clinical data and strongly demonstrates that the biosimilar pegfilgrastim matches the reference medicine in terms of safety, efficacy and quality.
The clinical development program for Sandoz biosimilar pegfilgrastim includes data from Phase I pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies in healthy volunteers, as well as Phase III confirmatory safety and efficacy studies in breast cancer patients.
Sandoz is committed to increasing patient access to high-quality biosimilars. As the global leader in biosimilars, Sandoz has five biosimilars marketed worldwide, as well as a leading global pipeline. We currently have three proposed biosimilars under review by the EMA: pegfilgrastim, adalimumab and infliximab.
Sandoz is well-positioned to continue leading the biosimilars industry based on our experience and capabilities in development, manufacturing and commercialization. As a division of Novartis, the first global healthcare company to establish a leading position in both innovative and off-patent medicines, we benefit strongly from this unique blend of experience and expertise in many different market environments.
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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 well over 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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* Neulasta® is a trademark of Amgen Inc.